Saturday, February 18, 2017

Art Sampler Study // DEGAS

Art is not what you see, but what you make others see.
-Edgar Degas (1834 - 1917)

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Ever since I can remember, I've been captivated by art. The above quote by Parisian born artist, Edgar Degas, sums it up very well. If each of us is given a painting to look at, to ponder, to study, to muse over ... each of us will see, reflect, wonder, and find something different about it. Some of us might like it. Some of us might not. What appeals to one, doesn't always appeal to the other. And that is what makes Art so wonderful, so beautiful, so alive.

Today begins a series of posts and designs entitled Art Sampler Study.

For the premier post, I have chosen a most favorite artist of mine, Edgar Degas. Degas was born July 18, 1834, in Paris, France. His father desired him to become a lawyer yet Degas had artistic dreams and plans. He enlisted at The Louvre as a copyist (copied art for study) and very soon after, was enrolled in Ecole des Beaux-Arts. Through the years, Degas mingled/painted/worked with artists like Manet, Renoir, and Mary Cassatt. Debts, hard friendships, and poor eyesight followed him the remainder of his life. He never married and died on September 27, 1917.

What a creature, Degas! All his friends had to leave him; I was the last to go, 
but even I couldn't stay with him until the end.
-Pierre Augustus Renoir (1841 - 1919)



Degas' paintings, especially his Dance Class ones, absolutely intrigue. I love to sit for the longest time in the couches at The National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC, to reflect, to admire, to study. 
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The needlework design to accompany this first Art Sampler Study is a bookmark displaying the artist's name fancied with colors from his palette. Tuck the treasure into a special journal or add to your current art book. Vintage buttons were added for simple elegance. Happy Stitching, Tanya

Art Sampler Study :: Degas ::
Pattern available HERE
Stay tuned for more in this series!

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