Edgar Degas (19 July 1834 – 27 September 1917) was a French artist famous for his paintings, sculptures, prints, and drawings. He is especially identified with the subject of dance; more than half of his works depict dancers. He is regarded as one of the founders of Impressionism, although he rejected the term, preferring to be called a realist. He was a superb draftsman, and particularly masterly in depicting movement, as can be seen in his renditions of dancers, racecourse subjects and female nudes. His portraits are notable for their psychological complexity and for their portrayal of human isolation.
Degas, born as Hilaire-Germain-Edgar De Gas on 19th July 1834 and died on this day (27 September 1917) exactly 100 years ago was a French artist famous for his paintings, drawings, prints and sculptures.
Here are some of my favourites:
The Dance Foyer at the Opera
The Dance Class
“A painting requires a little mystery, some vagueness, and some fantasy. When you always make your meaning perfectly plain you end up boring people.”
Woman in the Bath
Little Dancer of Fourteen Years
“Art is not what you see but what you make others see.”