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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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
The guitarist Pagans and Monsieur Degas - Edgar Degas - www.edgar-degas.org
The guitarist Pagans and Monsieur Degas
The Fallen Jockey - Edgar Degas - www.edgar-degas.org
The Fallen Jockey
Bust of a Woman - Edgar Degas - www.edgar-degas.org
Bust of a Woman
The Star 1871-81 - Edgar Degas - www.edgar-degas.org
The Star 1871-81
Ballet Corps Member Fixing Her Hair - Edgar Degas - www.edgar-degas.org
Ballet Corps Member Fixing Her Hair
After the Bath VIII - Edgar Degas - www.edgar-degas.org
After the Bath VIII
The Laundress, c.1869 - Edgar Degas - www.edgar-degas.org
The Laundress, c.1869
After the Bath, Woman Drying Herself - Edgar Degas - www.edgar-degas.org
After the Bath, Woman Drying Herself
Dancers, Pink and Green I - Edgar Degas - www.edgar-degas.org
Dancers, Pink and Green I
The Dancing Class probably 1871 - Edgar Degas - www.edgar-degas.org
The Dancing Class probably 1871

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