Monday, 24 February 2014

Degas

La Petite Danseuse de Quatorze Ans

Another really famous artist for you today – Degas.  It's just as well he is usually identified just by surname since his first name was Hilaire-Germain-Edgar!  For some reason, he was just called Edgar.  He was born in Paris in 1834. 

 Therese – the painter's sister
He came from a well off family and was the oldest of 5 children.  His mother died when he was just 13 years old.

 
Dance class 1871

Two Dancers Resting
Degas never married.  He is famous for his ballet scenes – he did over 600 works about ballet! 

  Race Horses 1866

He also did works about horses at the racetrack.

Trotting Horse
He not only painted but he sculpted – guess what – horses and dancers of course!


Edmond Duranty 1879
 He also painted a lot of nude women – which you can Google to see if you want.


Portrait of a Young Woman 1867

Degas died at the age of 64 before the end of WWI.  His grave is in Montmartre Cemetery.


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