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1834-1917

French Impressionist Painter

Hilaire Germain Edgar Degas (1834-1917) was a French artist known for his paintings, sculptures, prints, and drawings. He is especially identified with the subject of dance, and more than half of his works depict dancers. Although he is often regarded as an Impressionist, Degas rejected the term and preferred to be called a realist.

Edgar Degas was born on July 19, 1834, in Paris, France, to a wealthy family. His father, Auguste De Gas, was a banker, and his mother, Celestine Musson, came from a family of Creole descent. Degas had four siblings, and he was the oldest of the five children.

Degas began his artistic education at an early age, attending the Lycée Louis-le-Grand, where he received a classical education. In 1853, he enrolled at the Faculty of Law of the University of Paris but soon abandoned his legal studies to pursue art. In 1855, he entered the École des Beaux-Arts, where he studied under Louis Lamothe, a former student of the famous French painter Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres.

In 1856, Degas traveled to Italy, where he spent three years studying the works of the Italian Renaissance masters, such as Michelangelo, Raphael, and Titian. During this time, he also began to develop his own artistic style, focusing on historical and religious subjects.

Upon returning to Paris in 1859, Degas began to exhibit his work at the Salon, an annual art exhibition in Paris. However, he soon became disillusioned with the conservative nature of the Salon and sought out alternative venues to showcase his art.

In the early 1870s, Degas became associated with a group of artists who would later become known as the Impressionists. This group, which included Claude Monet, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, and Camille Pissarro, sought to capture the fleeting effects of light and color in their paintings. Although Degas shared some of their artistic goals, he preferred to work in the studio rather than outdoors and focused on capturing the human figure rather than landscapes. This focus on the human figure, particularly in the context of everyday life, set Degas apart from many of his Impressionist contemporaries.

Degas was also known for his innovative compositions and his willingness to experiment with different techniques and mediums. He often combined pastels with other materials, such as charcoal, gouache, and oil paint, to create richly textured surfaces. His compositions frequently featured unconventional viewpoints and cropped figures, which added a sense of immediacy and spontaneity to his work. In addition to his paintings of ballet dancers, Degas produced a significant body of work depicting other aspects of Parisian life. He was particularly interested in capturing scenes from the world of entertainment, such as the theater, the opera, and the café-concert. He also painted a series of works depicting women at work, including milliners, laundresses, and ironers. These paintings often highlighted the physical labor and repetitive nature of these occupations, offering a stark contrast to the more glamorous world of the ballet.

Degas's interest in photography also influenced his art. He began experimenting with photography in the 1890s, using it as both a source of inspiration and a means of documenting his friends and family. The cropping and unusual angles found in some of his photographs can be seen in his paintings and pastels, further demonstrating his willingness to push the boundaries of traditional artistic conventions.

As Degas's career progressed, his style continued to evolve. In his later years, his brushwork became looser, and his color palette shifted towards more vibrant and expressive hues. This change in style has been attributed to both his failing eyesight and his exposure to the work of younger artists, such as Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec and the Fauvists.

Despite his association with the Impressionists, Degas remained somewhat aloof from the group and did not fully embrace their artistic philosophy. He was known for his strong opinions and sometimes contentious relationships with other artists. However, his innovative approach to composition, his mastery of various mediums, and his focus on the human figure have secured his place as a pivotal figure in the development of modern art.

Edgar Degas's legacy continues to inspire and influence artists today. His work can be found in major museums and galleries around the world, and his unique vision and contributions to the art world are still celebrated and studied by art historians and enthusiasts alike.

301 Edgar Degas Artworks

The Star: Dancer on Point, c.1878 by Edgar Degas | Paper Art Print

The Star: Dancer on Point c.1878

Giclée Paper Art Print
$46.79
SKU: 11862-DEE
Hilaire Germain Edgar Degas
Original Size:56.5 x 75.6 cm
Norton Simon Museum of Art, Pasadena, USA

Portrait of Madame Dietz-Monnin, 1879 by Edgar Degas | Paper Art Print

Portrait of Madame Dietz-Monnin 1879

Giclée Paper Art Print
$46.79
SKU: 11861-DEE
Hilaire Germain Edgar Degas
Original Size:47 x 31.8 cm
Norton Simon Museum of Art, Pasadena, USA

Dancers in the Wings, 1880 by Edgar Degas | Paper Art Print

Dancers in the Wings 1880

Giclée Paper Art Print
$46.79
SKU: 11860-DEE
Hilaire Germain Edgar Degas
Original Size:69.2 x 50.2 cm
Norton Simon Museum of Art, Pasadena, USA

Dancers in the Rotunda at the Paris Opera, 1895 by Edgar Degas | Canvas Print
SKU: 11859-DEE
Hilaire Germain Edgar Degas
Original Size:88.6 x 95.9 cm
Norton Simon Museum of Art, Pasadena, USA

Dancers in Pink, c.1883 by Edgar Degas | Paper Art Print

Dancers in Pink c.1883

Giclée Paper Art Print
$46.79
SKU: 11858-DEE
Hilaire Germain Edgar Degas
Original Size:73 x 40 cm
Norton Simon Museum of Art, Pasadena, USA

After the Bath, c.1890/93 by Edgar Degas | Paper Art Print

After the Bath c.1890/93

Giclée Paper Art Print
$47.82
SKU: 11857-DEE
Hilaire Germain Edgar Degas
Original Size:66 x 52.7 cm
Norton Simon Museum of Art, Pasadena, USA

Actress in Her Dressing Room, c.1879 by Edgar Degas | Canvas Print

Actress in Her Dressing Room c.1879

Giclée Canvas Print
$56.49
SKU: 11856-DEE
Hilaire Germain Edgar Degas
Original Size:85.4 x 75.6 cm
Norton Simon Museum of Art, Pasadena, USA

Dancers Backstage, c.1876/83 by Edgar Degas | Canvas Print

Dancers Backstage c.1876/83

Giclée Canvas Print
$49.13
SKU: 11855-DEE
Hilaire Germain Edgar Degas
Original Size:24.2 x 18.8 cm
National Gallery of Art, Washington, USA

Girl Drying Herself, 1885 by Edgar Degas | Paper Art Print

Girl Drying Herself 1885

Giclée Paper Art Print
$46.79
SKU: 11854-DEE
Hilaire Germain Edgar Degas
Original Size:80.1 x 51.2 cm
National Gallery of Art, Washington, USA

Woman Ironing, c. 1876/87 by Edgar Degas | Canvas Print

Woman Ironing c. 1876/87

Giclée Canvas Print
$59.57
SKU: 11853-DEE
Hilaire Germain Edgar Degas
Original Size:81.3 x 66 cm
National Gallery of Art, Washington, USA

Dancers at the Old Opera House, c.1877 by Edgar Degas | Paper Art Print

Dancers at the Old Opera House c.1877

Giclée Paper Art Print
$46.79
SKU: 11852-DEE
Hilaire Germain Edgar Degas
Original Size:21.8 x 17.1 cm
National Gallery of Art, Washington, USA

Scene from the Steeplechase: The Fallen Jockey, 1866 by Edgar Degas | Canvas Print
SKU: 11851-DEE
Hilaire Germain Edgar Degas
Original Size:180 x 152 cm
National Gallery of Art, Washington, USA

The Parade (Race Horses in Front of the Stands), c.1866/68 by Edgar Degas | Canvas Print
SKU: 11846-DEE
Hilaire Germain Edgar Degas
Original Size:46 x 61 cm
Musee d'Orsay, Paris, France

Scene of War in the Middle Ages, c.1865 by Edgar Degas | Canvas Print

Scene of War in the Middle Ages c.1865

Giclée Canvas Print
$70.78
SKU: 11845-DEE
Hilaire Germain Edgar Degas
Original Size:85 x 147 cm
Musee d'Orsay, Paris, France

The ballet scene from Meyerbeer's opera 'Robert le Diable', 1876 by Edgar Degas | Canvas Print
SKU: 11844-DEE
Hilaire Germain Edgar Degas
Original Size:76.6 x 81.3 cm
Victoria and Albert Museum, London, United Kingdom

Green Dancers, 1878 by Edgar Degas | Paper Art Print

Green Dancers 1878

Giclée Paper Art Print
$46.79
SKU: 11843-DEE
Hilaire Germain Edgar Degas
Original Size:72.4 x 39.4 cm
Private Collection

Self Portrait, c.1862 by Edgar Degas | Canvas Print

Self Portrait c.1862

Giclée Canvas Print
$49.13
SKU: 11842-DEE
Hilaire Germain Edgar Degas
Original Size:92 x 69 cm
Museu Calouste Gulbenkian, Lisbon, Portugal

Dancer in the Wing, c.1905 by Edgar Degas | Paper Art Print

Dancer in the Wing c.1905

Giclée Paper Art Print
$46.79
SKU: 11841-DEE
Hilaire Germain Edgar Degas
Original Size:unknown
Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge, United Kingdom

Woman at her Toilet, c.1902 by Edgar Degas | Paper Art Print

Woman at her Toilet c.1902

Giclée Paper Art Print
$46.79
SKU: 11840-DEE
Hilaire Germain Edgar Degas
Original Size:66 x 71.4 cm
Private Collection

Toilet of a Woman, 1884 by Edgar Degas | Paper Art Print

Toilet of a Woman 1884

Giclée Paper Art Print
$58.61
SKU: 11839-DEE
Hilaire Germain Edgar Degas
Original Size:50 x 50 cm
The State Hermitage Museum, St. Petersburg, Russia

Morning Toilet, 1894 by Edgar Degas | Paper Art Print

Morning Toilet 1894

Giclée Paper Art Print
$46.79
SKU: 11838-DEE
Hilaire Germain Edgar Degas
Original Size:unknown
Private Collection

In Front of the Mirror, 1889 by Edgar Degas | Paper Art Print

In Front of the Mirror 1889

Giclée Paper Art Print
$73.74
SKU: 11837-DEE
Hilaire Germain Edgar Degas
Original Size:49.3 x 63.8 cm
Hamburger Kunsthalle, Hamburg, Germany

Young Woman Arranging Flowers, 1872 by Edgar Degas | Canvas Print

Young Woman Arranging Flowers 1872

Giclée Canvas Print
$49.13
SKU: 11836-DEE
Hilaire Germain Edgar Degas
Original Size:100 x 137 cm
Private Collection

The Tub, 1886 by Edgar Degas | Paper Art Print

The Tub 1886

Giclée Paper Art Print
$86.22
SKU: 11835-DEE
Hilaire Germain Edgar Degas
Original Size:60 x 83 cm
Musee d'Orsay, Paris, France

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