During my recent visit to the Metropolitan Museum of Art, I enjoyed exploring the collection of Edgar Degas’ artwork. As a fan of impressionism, I was thrilled to see so many of his famous paintings, previously stored in the archives, in person.

One of the most captivating pieces was his painting, “Bather Stepping into a Tub.” I was fascinated by the level of detail and how realistic it looked. It was almost as if I could see the water droplets on the woman’s skin.

Degas was known for his paintings of women, and his attention to detail was evident in works like “The Millinery Shop,” “Woman Combing Her Hair,” and “Women Bathing in Shallow Tub”  The soft colors and delicate brushstrokes added a sense of intimacy and beauty to the paintings.

It was fascinating to learn that Degas used various techniques in his art, such as layering and blending colors, to create a sense of depth and movement. He also used sketches and photographs as references to ensure accuracy in his work.

Degas was not only a painter but also a sculptor. His sculptures, like “Little Dancer Aged Fourteen,” were incredibly detailed and realistic. It was impressive to see how he used ‘actual’ fabric to create the tutu and captured the movement of the young ballerina.

My visit to the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s collection of Edgar Degas’ artwork was a fantastic experience. I was impressed with his ability to capture everyday moments and make them feel special. His works showed a wide range of styles and subjects, which made me appreciate his contribution to the art world even more.

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