Edgar Degas Drawings and Watercolours

Edgar Degas

Drawings and Pastels

  1. Christopher Lloyd
  • ISBN 9780500093818
  • 22.90 x 15.20 cm
  • PLC (with jacket)
  • 320pp
  • 238 Illustrations, 212 in colour
  • First published 2014

Degas said: ‘I don’t want a funeral oration.’
Then, ‘Yes, Forain, you will give one, you will say, “He greatly loved drawing!”’

‘Beautifully reproduced illustrations … concise, elegantly informative’ – The Spectator
‘Thorough, but also accessible … probably one of the most complete books on Degas available’ – ArtBookReviews.net
‘Scholarly but accessible … a fascinating account of an artist whose work retains a freshness that remains relevant today’– The Artist
'Comprehensive but compact enough to read in bed, this superbly illustrated account encompasses the range of works on paper by the artist who was the 19th century's greatest draughtsman, equal to the Old Masters' – Financial Times


Edgar Degas was described as ‘the most intelligent, the most demanding, the most merciless draughtsman in the world’ by the poet and critic Paul Valéry and today Degas is considered one of the outstanding draughtsmen of the late nineteenth century. His powerful drawings and the pastels, which he himself characterized as ‘orgies of colour’, are some of the most compelling works in western art.

Edgar Degas Drawings and Watercolours

Drawing was not only the central tenet of Degas’s art but also virtually a daily activity. Through an examination of the artist’s drawings and pastels, which exist in great number and variety, Christopher Lloyd examines the development of Degas’s style and outlines the story of his life in the contexts of Impressionism and Post-Impressionism.

With over 200 illustrations that capture the most fleeting of subtleties and shades, this beautifully designed and produced book provides a comprehensive and engaging account of the artist as draughtsman.

Christopher Lloyd worked in the Department of Western Art of the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford from 1968 to 1988, combining curatorial duties with teaching. During that time he was appointed by Harvard University to a Fellowship at Villa I Tatti in Florence and was Visiting Research Curator of Early Italian Painting at the Art Institute of Chicago. He was appointed Surveyor of The Queen’s Pictures in the British Royal Collection in 1988 and retired from that post in 2005. He is now engaged in writing and organizing exhibitions on a wide variety of subjects. His publications include monographs on painters, catalogues of museum collections and surveys of the Royal Collection, as well as In Search of a Masterpiece: An Art Lover’s Guide to Great Britain and Ireland, also published by Thames & Hudson.