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Germain-Edgar De Gas, more familiarly known to us as Edgar Degas, was born 1834 & died 1917 in Paris, France.

Self-portrait

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After earning a baccalaureate in literature in 1853, his father encouraged him to go into law, but instead,

The Bellelli Family By Edgar Degas

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Degas attended the Γ‰cole des Beaux-Arts (formerly the AcadΓ©mie des Beaux-Arts) in Paris.

In a Cafe (The Absinthe Drinker) 1875-76

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Early in his career he studied in Italy and work reflected his appreciation of Michelangelo and later Titian and other Venetian painters.

Hilaire-Germain-Edgar Degas's Portrait of Thérèse Degas

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When Degas returned to Paris in April 1859, he attempted to enter the social art-world of the day, though with little success.

Hilaire de Gas (1769-1858), Edgar Degas’ grandfather.

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He developed an accomplished reputation as a portraitist, fusing Impressionistic sensibilities with traditional approaches.

Portrait of a Lady In Gray Painting by Edgar Degas

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He painted large portraits of family members historically inspired paintings such as The Daughter of Jephthah (1859–60) and

The daughter of Jephthah, 1859-1861, by Edgar Degas

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Semiramis Building Babylon (1861), intending to submit them to the annual state-sponsored Salon.

Semiramis Building Babylon, 1861

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In Paris in the early 1860s, his paintings of French horse racing events broke new ground both for their new subject matter, and

Edgar Degas - The Parade (Race Horses in Front of the Stands)

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For their surprising viewpoints & bold colors, which preceded the canvases of similar scenes by his friend Γ‰douard Manet.

Edgar Degas - At the Races in the Countryside

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Degas met Manet about 1862, & shared something of Manet’s rebellious attitude toward the established art world & its traditional subject matter.

Before The Race by Edgar Degas

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In 1865 Degas’ Scene of War in the Middle Ages was accepted by the Salon jury, but it received little attention.

Scene of War in the Middle Ages

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The following year his painting Scene from the Steeplechase: The Fallen Jockey was again received little attention.

Scene from the Steeplechase: The Fallen Jockey - 1866

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Before he left Italy, he completed several drawings of street characters and paintings of fashionable horse-riders, but on a small scale.

Dancer Sculpture

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In 1869 Degas did experiment in private with a series of pastel landscapes executed on the Normandy coast.

Edgar Degas, Landscape with Rocks, 1892

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By 1870 Degas was a familiar figure in independent art circles in Paris, at home with Realists such as James Tissot and Henri Fantin-Latour.

The Little Fourteen-Year-Old Dancer

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He hung out at CafΓ© GuΓ©rbois, where he met with Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Camille Pissarro, and Claude Monet.

Wheat Field and Green Hill by Edgar Degas

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Also, Degas took on commercial illustration work for authors such as Γ‰mile Zola and Edmond and Jules Goncourt.

Illustration From La Maison Tellier By Guy De Maupassant Drawing by Edgar Degas

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Degas lightened his palette & adopted more abrupt, simplified compositions during this period,

"In Bed" by Edgar Degas

Note how he adds highlights of colors used in the surroundings into the β€˜white’ sheets.

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La Classe de danse

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Degas was in the habit of drawing in preparation for his painting & preferred working in his studio rather than outdoors as was popular.

Ballet Rehearsal, 1873 above

This is La Classe de danse

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Degas was said to be the only Impressionist to truly bridge the gap between traditional academic art, and

Dancers in blue, 1890 - Edgar Degas

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The radical movements of the early 20th century,

At The Stables, Horse and Dog, 1861 by Edgar Degas

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Degas experimented with a wide variety of media,

A Cotton Office in New Orleans
Year: 1873

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Including oil, pastel, gouache, etching, lithography, monotype, wax modeling, and photography.

Chez la modiste hat shop -1886

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Edgar Degas was a regular visitor of the old Paris Opera House and was allowed access to the dance classes.

Three Dancers in an Exercise Hall

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As a painter and sculptor, Degas enjoyed capturing female dancers and played with unusual angles.

β€œTwo Ballet Dancers” by Edgar Degas, 1879.

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He is most famous for his paintings of ballerinas, at work, in rehearsal or at rest.

Danseuses – Edgar Degas

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From the 1870s till his death, Degas continuously explored the subject of dance which accounts for a large portion of his work.

L’Etoile - 1878

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He depicted the dancers from various angles in hundreds of different positions.

Two Dancers in the Studio (aka Dance School) 1875

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Degas captured the kinesiology of movement accurately which is one of the reasons of the legendary status of his dance paintings.

Edgar Degas - Four ballerinas on the stage pastel

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Sadly, his work was not well recognized within the art world of the day and at times derided as he did not idealize his subjects.

Ballerina in Rosa

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Instead he presented the dancers as they appeared, perhaps weary and foot sore in ordinary settings.

Dancers in the Wing

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However Degas is now counted among the most complex and innovative painters of his generation.

L'Γ©cole de danse

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He is credited with influencing Pablo Picasso, Henri Matisse, and many of the leading figurative artists of the 20th century.

The Dance Studio, 1878 by Edgar Degas.

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The Dance Foyer at the Opera on the Rue Le Peletier

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Ballerina On Pointe by Edgar Degas

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Edgar Degas Biography
edgar-degas.org/biography.html

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11 things to know about EdgarΒ Degas
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