Edgar Degas (19 July 1834 – 27 September 1917), born Hilaire-Germain-Edgar Degas (pronounced [ilɛʀ ʒɛʁmɛ̃ ɛdɡɑʀ dœˈɡɑ]), was a French artist famous for his work in painting, sculpture, printmaking and drawing. He is regarded as one of the founders of Impressionism although he rejected the term, and preferred to be called a realist. A superb draughtsman, he is especially identified with the subject of the dance, and over half his works depict dancers. These display his mastery in the depiction of movement, as do his racecourse subjects and female nudes. His portraits are considered to be among the finest in the history of art.

Early in his career, his ambition was to be a history painter, a calling for which he was well prepared by his rigorous academic training and close study of classic art. In his early thirties he changed course, and by bringing the traditional methods of a history painter to bear on contemporary subject matter, he became a classical painter of modern life.

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The Rehearsal Of The Ballet Onstage - Edgar Degas - www.edgar-degas.org
The Rehearsal Of The Ballet Onstage
Two Dancers at Rest or, Dancers in Blue, c.1898 - Edgar Degas - www.edgar-degas.org
Two Dancers at Rest or, Dancers in Blue, c.1898
Self Portrait 2 - Edgar Degas - www.edgar-degas.org
Self Portrait 2
Two Dancers in the Studio I - Edgar Degas - www.edgar-degas.org
Two Dancers in the Studio I
Ballet Scene - Edgar Degas - www.edgar-degas.org
Ballet Scene
Dancer II - Edgar Degas - www.edgar-degas.org
Dancer II
After the Bath or, Reclining Nude, c.1885 - Edgar Degas - www.edgar-degas.org
After the Bath or, Reclining Nude, c.1885
Blue Dancers - Edgar Degas - www.edgar-degas.org
Blue Dancers
Dancer in Front of a Window (Dancer at the Photographer's... - Edgar Degas - www.edgar-degas.org
Dancer in Front of a Window (Dancer at the Photographer's...
After the Bath, woman with a Towel, c.1885-90 - Edgar Degas - www.edgar-degas.org
After the Bath, woman with a Towel, c.1885-90
Self-portrait - Edgar Degas - www.edgar-degas.org
Self-portrait
Dancer - Edgar Degas - www.edgar-degas.org
Dancer

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