Odd Man Out offers an important study of Edgar Degas's work and reputation. The author grapples with contradictory portrayals of Degas as "odd man out" within the modernist canon: he was a realist whom realists rejected; a storyteller in pictures who did not satisfy novelist-critics; a painter of modern life who was not a modernist; a member of the impressionist group who was no impressionist. These and other paradoxes are confronted by analyzing the critical vocabularies used to describe Degas's work. By reading several groups of the artist's images through the lens of a sequence of critical texts, the book shows how our critical and popular expectations of Degas are overturned and subverted.
This is a reprint of the book first published by the University of Chicago Press in 1991.
Carol Armstrong is Doris Stevens Professor of Women and Gender Studies and Art and Archaeology at Princeton University. She is the author of Scenes in a Library: Reading the Photograph in the Book, 1843–1875, A Degas Sketchbook, and Manet Manette.
"Penetrating and absorbing study of Degas's contemporary critics."
—The Burlington Magazine
7 x 10 inches
4 color and 127 b/w illustrations
Imprint: Getty Research Institute
Series: Texts & Documents