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Title:
Degas, painter of ballerinas / Susan Goldman Rubin.
ISBN:
9781419728433
Publication Information:
New York : Abrams Books for Young Readers, [2019]
Physical Description:
60 pages : color illustrations ; 26 cm
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"Through Edgar Degas's beloved paintings, drawings, and sculptures, Susan Goldman Rubin conveys the wonder and excitement of the ballet world. Degas is one of the most celebrated painters of the impressionist movement, and his ballerina paintings are among the most favorite of his fans. In his artwork, Degas captures every moment, from the relentless hours of practice to the glamour of appearing on stage, revealing a dancer's journey from novice to prima ballerina. Observing young students, Degas drew their poses again and again, determined to achieve perfection"--Amazon.com.
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Through Edgar Degas's beloved paintings, drawings, and sculptures, Susan Goldman Rubin conveys the wonder and excitement of the ballet world. Degas is one of the most celebrated painters of the impressionist movement, and his ballerina paintings are among the most favorite of his fans. In his artwork, Degas captures every moment, from the relentless hours of practice to the glamour of appearing on stage, revealing a dancer's journey from novice to prima ballerina. Observing young students, Degas drew their poses again and again, determined to achieve perfection. The book includes a brief biography of his entire life, endnotes, bibliography, where to see his paintings, and an index.


Author Notes

Susan Goldman Rubin grew up in the Bronx and dreamed of becoming an artist. She illustrated her first three picture books but then turned to writing nonfiction, mainly about art and history, and is the author of more than 55 books for young people. Her titles include Diego Rivera: An Artist For The People, They Call Me A Hero: A Memoir of My Youth, Music Was It! Young Leonard Bernstein, Everyone Paints! The Art and Lives of the Wyeth Family, and Freedom Summer: The 1964 Struggle for Civil Rights in Mississippi.

Most recently Susan has created board books based on fine art for very young children. Her titles include Counting with Wayne Thiebaud, Andy Warhol's Colors, and Matisse: Dance For Joy.

Susan has been an instructor in the UCLA Extension Writers' Program for 20 years.

(Bowker Author Biography)


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Publisher's Weekly Review

From its petal-pink satin binding to its gleaming foiled title and page decorations evoking tulle and twisting ribbon curls, this introduction to Edgar Degas is squarely aimed at readers fond of a certain dance aesthetic. The froufrou design detracts from Degas's unsentimental drawings and paintings of young dancers known as the "petits rats." Plainspoken text ("He portrayed their gestures: leaning against a bench, stretching, rubbing their aching necks") describes the artist's working process, observations of the dancers, and his sympathy for their hard work, as well as how eyesight troubles led to his sculpted dance works, including the iconic "The Little Fourteen-Year-Old Dancer." The book closes with a short, serviceable biography and a rich selection of references, including a glossary, a list of galleries holding works by Degas, and a complete list of illustrations. Ages 8-12. (Apr.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.