Edgar Degas and the horses

Edgar Degas and the horses

Edgar Degas: who does not know his drawings and paintings of bathers or dancers by Edgar Degas – less widely known, but just as beautiful are the portraits of horses and riders. Over the years of his creative work (1853-1908) Edgar Degas created several pictures of horses and riders. Groups of people with horses in the landscape, scenes at the racetrack, horses in training – Degas captured special atmospheres in wonderful color moods.

In the impressive Musée d’Orsay in Paris, in addition to numerous works of art from different eras by various artists, you can also see horse paintings and sculptures by Edgar Degas. A current exhibition was curated for the World Championships in 2014 at the Haras National du Pin, the venue for the dressage and cross-country eventing competitions, which partly exhibits sculptures by Edgar Degas and also deals with the oriental horse.

Degas (1834 – 1917), born and died in Paris, grew up in an upper middle-class environment. The famous artist initially studied law, which he quickly abandoned in favor of studying art. As a painter and sculptor, he was counted among the Impressionists, but his works have a strongly structured effect due to their precise lines. The Parisian nightlife, dancers, women at personal hygiene, families, but also horses and riders formed the subject of Edgar Degas. His work includes various techniques such as oil painting, pastel, drawing, printmaking and sculpture. Blinded in later life, he first gave up painting at the turn of the century, and gradually also his further creative work.

Edgar Degas – Race horses: The Training, 1894
Edgar Degas – Danseuse Rajustan son chanson, 1888
Edgar Degas – Riders in the countryside, 1862

Works of art by Edgar Degas are exhibited at the Musée d’Orsay in Paris, among other places. The Belle Epoque building of the Musée d’Orsay impresses with impressive animal sculptures on the forecourt. The Musée d’Orsay is located directly on the Seine, not far from many sightseeing attractions such as Le Grand Palais, Louvre, Place de la Concorde, to name but a few – even the Eiffel Tower is still within walking distance. On the way there, by the way, is another exciting museum – a modern building with a spectacular façade overgrown with plants houses the Musèe du Quai Branly. If you don’t want to visit the interesting and sometimes almost pop exhibitions that revolve around the theme ‘Dialogue of Cultures’, you shouldn’t miss the wonderfully designed garden of this museum – an oasis.

The Musée d’Orsay is much less crowded than the Louvre on the other side of the Seine. Nevertheless, it is worth buying tickets online in advance so that you can enter the museum without queuing and visit the changing exhibitions as well as the large permanent exhibition.

All information about the museum: www.musee-orsay.fr

Art is omnipresent in Paris. Evidence of the joy of design and artistic creation is encountered by visitors throughout the city.

Photographs: (c) PferdKultur

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