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Degas in New Orleans: Encounters in the Creole World of Kate Chopin and…

by Christopher Benfey

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Reconstruction New Orleans. Kate Chopin and George Cable. A superb chapter called 'The Cotton Ballet' because this is, after all, about Degas in New Orleans, looking for subjects and shielding his eyes from the sun. He settled for interiors.
Whatever the subject, the book is rich with Degas greens and those rooms with floors that go on forever.
I do love the floors of Edgar Degas. It's all in his floors and what meets them. ( )
  dmarsh451 | Apr 2, 2013 |
I couldn't put this book down! It's starting point is Degas' visit to New Orleans. In order to explain what the artist encountered there, the author gives us glimpses into the history of New Orleans, complete with colorful profiles of prominent citizens; background and history of the artist's family; and best of all, examples from the works of Kate Chopin and George Washington Cable that illustrate the social and political milieu of the time. ( )
  iris354 | Jul 27, 2008 |
A fascinating though somewhat scattered account of the period of time in New Orleans when French painter Edgar Degas visited his American cousins. ( )
  pzmiller | Mar 9, 2008 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0520218183, Paperback)

Edgar Degas traveled from Paris to New Orleans during the fall of 1872 to visit the American branch of his mother's family, the Mussons. This war-torn, diverse, and conflicted city elicited from Degas some of his finest paintings. He arrived at a key moment in the cultural history of this most exotic of American cities, still recovering from the agony of the Civil War. This decisive period of Reconstruction, in which his American relatives were importantly involved, was also the time when the American writers Kate Chopin and George Washington Cable were beginning to mine the resources of New Orleans culture and history.

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Edgar Degas travelled from Paris to New Orleans during the fall of 1872 to visit the American branch of his mother's family, the Mussons. He arrived at a key moment in the cultural history of this most exotic of American cities, still recovering from the agony of the Civil War: the decisive period of Reconstruction, in which his American relatives were importantly involved. This was precisely the time when the American writers Kate Chopin and George Washington Cable were beginning to mine the resources of New Orleans culture and history. What was it about this war-torn, diverse, and conflicted city that elicited from Degas some of his finest paintings? And what do we need to know about New Orleans society to make sense of Degas's stay?Benfey gives us the answers to these questions. Degas's white relatives were among the leaders in some of the most violent uprisings in Reconstruction Louisiana, and his black relatives - whose existence this book is the first to reveal - were no less prominent.… (more)

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