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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Bowing dancers - Edgar Degas - www.edgar-degas.org
Bowing dancers
Orchestra Musicians - Edgar Degas - www.edgar-degas.org
Orchestra Musicians
Dancer with a Bouquet of Flowers (Star of the Ballet)... - Edgar Degas - www.edgar-degas.org
Dancer with a Bouquet of Flowers (Star of the Ballet)...
Three Ballet Dancers, One with Dark Crimson Waist - Edgar Degas - www.edgar-degas.org
Three Ballet Dancers, One with Dark Crimson Waist
After the Bath, 1884 - Edgar Degas - www.edgar-degas.org
After the Bath, 1884
Body care - Edgar Degas - www.edgar-degas.org
Body care
Racehorses at Longchamp - Edgar Degas - www.edgar-degas.org
Racehorses at Longchamp
Dancers in the Studio - Edgar Degas - www.edgar-degas.org
Dancers in the Studio
Breakfast after a bath - Edgar Degas - www.edgar-degas.org
Breakfast after a bath
Ballet Dancers in Butterfly Costumes (detail) - Edgar Degas - www.edgar-degas.org
Ballet Dancers in Butterfly Costumes (detail)
The Tub I - Edgar Degas - www.edgar-degas.org
The Tub I
The ballet scene from Meyerbeer's opera 'Robert le... - Edgar Degas - www.edgar-degas.org
The ballet scene from Meyerbeer's opera 'Robert le...

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