Degas by Linda. Bolton

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3 AcUuil size detail The texture and bright color of the singer's dress have been created b\ the classical pastel technique, the stick being applied both with bold scribbles to suggest folds or blended with finger or rag to give a smooth, tauter appearance, notabh o\er the stomach. The effect of spotlights has been created on the monotype, by removing ink in the areas which were to be lightest, and initiall> then strengthened by adding highlights in pastel to the performers lower face, arm and hand.

Like the Absinthe (see page 39), the temporary authors, particularly Emile Zola, expression of the central blue-clad figure who much admired speaks volumes. monde, and in work of the demi1879 put out in serial form his this The vertical slicing of the picture by the provides a dramatic frag- novel Nana, a stor\ about a former laundress pillars of the cafe turned musical performer-cimi-actress and mentation of the picture surface, an approp- However, although Degas' pain- prostitute. tings have been described he was far from a literary painter, irritated by dinner-party art.

34 Cafe-concert at the Ambassadeurs is one of Degas' most immediately attractive works, and one in which bright color plays a dominant role. Although he dissociated himself from the Impressionists" major aims, he was undoubtedly impressed by up This pastel who great and pleasure, is cafe concert many of Degas' pastels, medium successful for the creation of the night-time effects and the subject matter, which particularly interested him. "Work a great deal at evening effects, lamplight, candlelight, etc," he also in the Impressionist idiom.

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