Friday, February 24, 2006

Favorite City

My favorite city is Paris.

Hilaire Germain Edgar Degas was born in Paris (19/7/1834- 26/9/1917). His art reflects a concern for the psychology of movement and expression, the harmony of line and continuity of contour. These characteristics set Degas apart from the other impressionis painters, although he took part in all but one of the 8 impressionist exhibitions between 1874 and 1886.

"Born in 1834 into a rich Franco-Italian banking family with branches in Paris, Naples and New Orleans, Degas was never short of money and never doubted his vocation as a painter, in which his family encouraged him. He was a shy, insecure, aloof young man - if one did not know this from the testimony of his friends, one would gather it from his early self-portraits, with their veiled look of mannerist inwardness acquired from Pontormo - and, it seems, unusually devoid of narcissism: unlike almost every nineteenth-century painter one has heard of, he gave up painting his own face at thirty-one. It was the Other that fascinated him: all faces except his own.”

You can enjoy Foyer of the Dance (1872) in Louvre Paris.