Monday, 5 October 2009

Degas’ small wooden horses

This quote was first published in my newsletter "Notes From My French Easel" – September 2009. Follow the link to receive this free monthly newsletter.

Vollard, in his book “Recollections of a picture dealer” reports the following conversation he had with Boussod about Degas:

“- But how does Degas manage to set-up his easel in the middle of the crowd?
- Him, it’s on the third floor he paints, with small wood horses as models.
And as I was stupefied:
- Degas, without doubt, goes to the races, at Auteuil, at Longchamp; but it’s in the studio, while rotating his model horses in the light, that he reconstructs nature.”

Race Horses in a Landscape, Edgar Degas, 1894, Pastel on paper, 47.9 x 62.9 cm

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