The Star

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Dr. Reza Kibria ::

Editor’s Choice: A Selection of Important Works of Art

This section introduces readers to a selection of great works of art, primarily paintings of the Western World. The works chosen include some personal favourites, others which are well-known or influential in some way and yet others representative of a particular school of art. The impact of a work of art is of course many times greater when the original is seen. If possible readers should try to visit the galleries and museums housing these priceless treasures

“The Star”, Edgar Degas, 1876-77, pastel on paper,60x44cm, Musee d’Orsay, Paris

Edgar Degas (1834-1917) is regarded as one of the founders of Impressionism, his paintings of ballerinas being particularly popular. His works convey graceful and rapid movement against settings that show a mastery over the use of light and shade. The Star is one of his most famous works showing the star ballerina doing a solo arabesque, totally engrossed in the pure joy of the dance.