"And even this heart of mine has something artificial. The dancers have sewn it into a bag of pink satin, pink satin slightly faded, like their dancing shoes."
- Edgar Degas (1834 -1917)
Ugh. I love Degas. He changed the way people compose paintings. Up until Degas, the subject went into the middle of the frame and everything was centralised: the focal point was the middle. With Degas, the dead centre of the painting wasn’t always a ballerina, it was perhaps a floorboard, with the ‘action’ going on at the side - this gives them that really immersive feel of being in the scene as opposed to just observing it. I also think the paintings feel so much less contrived and more natural. I think he was my first favourite artist as a kid wow