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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Dancer with bouquet, curtseying, 1877 - Edgar Degas - www.edgar-degas.org
Dancer with bouquet, curtseying, 1877
The Brothel, c.1879 - Edgar Degas - www.edgar-degas.org
The Brothel, c.1879
The Bath II - Edgar Degas - www.edgar-degas.org
The Bath II
After the Bath, Woman Drying her Neck, 1898 - Edgar Degas - www.edgar-degas.org
After the Bath, Woman Drying her Neck, 1898
Bowing Dancer - Edgar Degas - www.edgar-degas.org
Bowing Dancer
The Dance Lesson, c.1879 - Edgar Degas - www.edgar-degas.org
The Dance Lesson, c.1879
The Entrance of the Masked Dancers - Edgar Degas - www.edgar-degas.org
The Entrance of the Masked Dancers
Cafe Concert Singer - Edgar Degas - www.edgar-degas.org
Cafe Concert Singer
The Laundresses, c.1884 - Edgar Degas - www.edgar-degas.org
The Laundresses, c.1884
Dance Class at the Opera, rue Le Peletier - Edgar Degas - www.edgar-degas.org
Dance Class at the Opera, rue Le Peletier
Bowing dancers - Edgar Degas - www.edgar-degas.org
Bowing dancers
Dancer Adjusting Her Sandel - Edgar Degas - www.edgar-degas.org
Dancer Adjusting Her Sandel

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