Degas And The Ballet - Picturing Movement And Georges Seurat's "A Sunday Afternoon On La – Coursework Example

Art Video Response To my mind, the main idea of the video “Degas and the Ballet – Picturing Movement” is to bring a new explanation on Edgar Degas’ passion about dancing. Degas is very well-known exactly through his ballet series of paintings, and thus, art critics and scholars are constantly interested in explanation, why ballet attracts Degas so much. The promoted exhibition in London suggest visitors a new point of view on Degas’ heritage. Degas now is discovered as a scholar himself, who studies movement in details and shares impressionists’ desire to capture the moment. Indeed, when looking at Degas’ finished paintings as well as at amount of sketches and drafts he made, it’s very noticeable that artist elaborates a body position more than anything else. The ballet is well-known as a quite hard and technical dancing, so the body movement can be successfully studied while watching and sketching, and taking pictures of ballet dancers. Personally I find this point of view on Degas masterpieces as a very fresh and interesting one, because it discovers Degas as a curious and toiler man.
The idea of the “Georges Seurat, A Sunday on La Grande Jatte - 1884, 1884-86” video is similar. Here the famous artist is viewed more as a scientist than a poet. The main theme can be fully described by Seurat’s quotation, when he says, “Some say they see poetry in my paintings, I see only science”. Thus, technic matters for Seurat above all. On his paintings he studies color and pallet capabilities, but in artistic way. Scientific point of view discovers Seurat as a quite modern scientist of his time. To my mind, the manner of pointillism seems a very ahead invention for its time, because Seurat painting “A Sunday on La Grande Jatte” looks pretty much like nowadays digital images when you have a closer look of both of them. I also find the idea to explain artist through his own thoughts on his work as a very productive idea. After all, art is all about individual point of view.