Edgar Degas


Woman with a towel, Edgar Degas (1834-1917)

Hilaire Germain Edgar de Gas, known as Edgar Degas, born July 19, 1834 in Paris and died September 27, 1917 in the same city, was a French painter, engraver, sculptor, photographer, naturalist and impressionist. If Degas is a founding member of the Impressionist group, his work is so varied in its themes and its practice that he does not join them in their best known traits. He enlisted in the infantry when the Franco-Prussian War broke out in 1870 and, with Manet, he was placed under the orders of Ernest Meissonier. Despite his travels in the provinces and abroad, particularly in Italy, it was Paris that mattered mainly to Degas — and in Paris, Montmartre. On December 27, 1873, Edgar Degas, Claude Monet, Auguste Renoir, Alfred Sisley, Camille Pissarro, Ludovic-Napoléon Lepic and Berthe Morisot, founded the Cooperative limited company of painters, sculptors and engravers, a company with variable capital and staff, whose interim manager is Pierre–Firmin Martin. They invest their own funds there to organize a first exhibition in the premises of the photographer Nadar. The critical reception of this exhibition gives its name to the Impressionist group. For almost thirty years, already old, Degas never stopped renewing his art. Working more and more in series, he declines familiar themes. Only taking an occasional interest in the landscape, he was always fascinated by the dancers and more and more by the women at their toilette, who washed, combed their hair or got out of the bath. Following Degas' wishes, there was no speech at his funeral: “I don't want a speech. Whether ! Forain you will do one, you will say: he loved drawing. Metropolitan Museum of Arts. Public domain. Enhanced by hand for an incredibly close rendering of an original drawing. You will be able to perceive the intensity and the material effect of blacks, whites, colors. Ships within 2-3 days.

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