Expressive Art Studies

Edgar Degas


You will be studying two artists - Edgar Degas and Anthony Gormley. You will be asked to analyse in detail one artwork by each artist, the images are shown here. To access the detailed notes on each artwork you will need a username and password. This can be obtained from your art & design teacher.

The Ballet Class


Degas found what most attracted him - trained, precise, disciplined movement. He didn't usually paint them in the glamour of performance, but in classes rehearsing, or preparing themselves and their costumes.


In this picture, Degas emphasises space light and colour. The space has a strong diagonal movement. We see the line of three figures from the foreground dancer through the ballet-master as the central axis of the composition.

Anthony Gormley


You will be studying two artists - Edgar Degas and Anthony Gormley. You will be asked to analyse in detail one artwork by each artist, the images are shown here. To access the detailed notes on each artwork you will need a username and password. This can be obtained from your art & design teacher.

Domain Field


Spiky, shimmering figures that sparkle in the light are placed randomly across the 800 square metre floor of the gallery. Walking through the Domain Field is an eerie experience, as if a crowd had been suddenly vaporised, leaving only the barest trace behind. The figures are almost invisible as the complex statues, of all shapes and sizes, are made up of hundreds of stainless steel bars of various lengths. Some are quite delicate, giving only the slightest hint of a person, others are stuffed full of metal. A stainless steel matrix welded together, resulting in a three-dimension depiction of the volunteer in space, giving an impression of a vast energy field when you see them all together or a kind of electricity that is created by the steel bars. Like the hidden force or energy field behind the shot of a bullet or the invisible force of something moving. Like neural energy and the nerves of the body exposed or even icicles sparkling in the light.