A Passion for Perfection
Published alongside the 2017 Fitzwilliam Museum exhibition on the centenary of Degas’s death, each chapter in this volume is an essay written by a specialist examining the artist’s themes and practices – from ‘Copying and Learning’ to ‘The Nude’ and ‘Degas, Classicism and Dance’. Incorporating colour reproductions of many Degas paintings, drawings, pastels, etchings and sculptures – some previously unpublished – the book also features works by artists who influenced and were influenced by him.
Artist and Mannequin from Function to Fetish
Posable models or lay figures have for centuries been a fixture in artists' studios, particularly used by classical painters to arrange drapery. Through a series of illustrated essays, this book, published to accompany the exhibition at the Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge, analyses how the artist's tool developed currency as a subject in its own right and explores the meaning and symbolism of mannequins in the work of artists from 17th-century Dutch masters to Jake and Dinos Chapman.