George Berlin’s Art Blog

Delving into the mind of one of those weird artist people

Far more work stuff (Edgar Degas!)

Posted by eyeofthehurricane99 on August 18, 2009

Man, I’m just workin’ away, aren’t I?

Hey, with all the people losing their jobs- I’m not complaining!

More Edgar Degas for ya!

See some more of the video here!

So, what’s this scene all about?

Well, back in the day, the Salon was the place to show art in Paris!

And Edgar got a piece in the show- hurray!

Not so fast, bub. Seems, um, they had a really high ceiling. Yeah. And they used every inch of it!

So in this scene, we see Edgar the proud artist taking his Dad to go see his first piece in a fancy show.

And it’s reeeeaaallly high up there. Past the nesting birds almost up into the stratosphere it would seem.

Oddly enough, I’ve been to art shows like this.

Not necessarily way up that high, but in deep winding hallways where nobody will ever find your work or at severely out of the way locations.

And of course, you bring your friends and it’s kinda weird to tell them, well, here it is! But they’re usually very nice about it…

Also, the author/illustrator of the Degas book this video is based on-Mike Venezia-really wanted the dialogue between Edgar and his Dad to be very

much a ‘Who’s on First’ sort of routine.  If you don’t know who Abbot and Costello are, ask your parents…


My favorite part is how the bird pops up and peeps. He looks very suprised to see a movie camera floating up there.

I think I was thinking of the old Partridge family opening. Oh geez, now I’m sounding old…

We’ll pause here while all you young’uns go ask your parents who THEY are, too. Go on.

Ask about Milton Berle too, while you’re at it.

He may come up later.

That and, boy, do I spend a lot of my time finding clever generic ways to fake olde tyme paintings from the 1800’s! I put in all kinds of little guys in armour, fops sniffing flowers and mountainous landscapes and ladies on settees and all that jazz in these paintings!

It’s gotta feel like a period painting, but not any specific one. Harder than it sounds.

See you next time!


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