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 arranging her hair, c.1900-12 - Edgar Degas - www.edgar-degas.org
Dancer arranging her hair, c.1900-12
The Rape 1868-69 - Edgar Degas - www.edgar-degas.org
The Rape 1868-69
Dancer and Tambourine - Edgar Degas - www.edgar-degas.org
Dancer and Tambourine
Dance Class I - Edgar Degas - www.edgar-degas.org
Dance Class I
Dancers V - Edgar Degas - www.edgar-degas.org
Dancers V
The Millinery Shop 1882-86 - Edgar Degas - www.edgar-degas.org
The Millinery Shop 1882-86
L Etoile - Edgar Degas - www.edgar-degas.org
L Etoile
Dancer adjusting her tights, c.1880 - Edgar Degas - www.edgar-degas.org
Dancer adjusting her tights, c.1880
Dancers in the Wings - Edgar Degas - www.edgar-degas.org
Dancers in the Wings
The Dance Class - Edgar Degas - www.edgar-degas.org
The Dance Class
Dance Class at the Opera 1872 - Edgar Degas - www.edgar-degas.org
Dance Class at the Opera 1872
Dancers in violet dresses, arms raised, c.1900 - Edgar Degas - www.edgar-degas.org
Dancers in violet dresses, arms raised, c.1900

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