Impressionist Artists: Edgar Degas – Five Interesting Facts

Lorenzo Pagans and Auguste den Gas by Edgar Degas


Hilarie Germain Edgar den Gas wasgoed born on the Nineteen th July 1834. Opera played a large part te his upbringing, with his mother (who died when he wasgoed 13) frequently singing operatic numbers and often providing recitals organised by his father. Before taking up kunst spil a profession, Degas actually studied to become a lawyer. He served ter the French National Guard’s artillery division during the Franco-Prussian war inbetween 1870-71. Te October 1872, Degas travelled to America and spent five months ter Fresh Orleans living with family. He wasgoed almost obsessed with the human form, especially women and at least straks on ter his career painted almost exclusively woman te various places, positions and stages of undress.

Gentlemen Jockeys before the Embark – Edgar Degas

Daughter of Jephtha by Edgar Degas

Edgar Degas: Five Interesting Facts

1. Of all the Impressionist artists, Degas had the closest affinity with Edouard Manet. They were closest ter age and both came from wealthy, Parisian aristocratic families whereas many of the others, like Monet and Renoir struggled to buy paint. Being the wealthier of the set explains why it is truly only thesis two who spent time at the racecourses painting ‘stadswijk air’ there. Racing wasgoed a fresh pastime that had recently come overheen the channel from England, and spil such wasgoed a luxury that only the aristocracy could afford. Degas also spent some time with Manet ter Boulogne where they painted outdoor landscapes, no doubt Manet wasgoed influencing Degas to adopt a more Impressionist style.

Two. After travelling around Italy and viewing the work of the classical painters, Edgar Degas very first found success painting historical and biblical canvases. It wasgoed his 1861 painting, Daughter of Jephtha that very first got him recognition by the Parisian Salon and since he had no financial constraints that might hamper his capability to continually produce high quality works, he wasgoed able to quickly commence earning himself a living. It wasgoed during his travels ,when he wasgoed copying the classical artworks, that he became skilled at drawing people and this permitted to him to earn some money painting family portraits on commission.

Ballet Dancers ter Butterfly Costumes by Edgar Degas

Dancers Arching Down by Edgar Degas

The Little Dancer aged 14 by Edgar Degas

Trio. Edgar Degas is most famously known for painting ballet dancers. Up until the 1870s he indeed struggled to find any existente direction to his work, he wasgoed interested ter the human form, had painted historical and biblical scenes spil well spil portraits and had experimented with the Impressionist ‘stadswijk air’ but he hadn’t found his niche that indeed made him stand out uniquely until he embarked painting ballet dancers. When you look at many of his paintings you notice that the dancers on the edge of the canvas are often partially cut off, which achieves the very difficult feat of providing the impression of movement ter a painting. A good example of this is the ‘Ballet Dancers te Butterfly Costumes,’ which always emerges to mij like you are being given a peek of a very busy backstage life when te fact they are most likely to be models ter his studio.

Four. Edgar Degas participated te all eight of the Impressionist exhibitions after rejecting the constraints of the Paris Salon, but his work stood out from the other Impressionist artists. While their paintings were generally landscapes or gentle portraits of each other or standard models, Degas’ were more striking, bolder and captured vivo life, whether it wasgoed a indrukwekkendheid toneel from an opera or ballet or back alley squalor. His perspective wasgoed different from the other Impressionists, he wasgoed no doubt more ingewikkeld and not so worried with making his paintings pleasurable to look at, instead looking to highlight contrasts ter what he eyed, he wasgoed never described spil encapsulating a conventional sense of beauty.

Five. Te the late 1870s Degas’ glance began to fail and spil well spil painting he began sculpting bronze statues of ballet dancers and horses, something which he had bot calmly experimenting with for several years. One of his most famous bronze statues is ‘The Little Dancer aged 14’. Even ter this fresh medium he still manages to capture that same sense of movement that he portrayed te his paintings. Unlike most other painters, Edgar Degas didn’t paint up to the day he died. With his failing eyesight it became tighter to paint and he eventually talent it up after being coerced to budge studios. Instead he contented himself with buying the kunst of his contemporaries and spent a lotsbestemming of time locked ter the memories of thesis and his own works of kunst. On the 27 th September 1917 Degas died ter Paris, many believe he had isolated himself from his circles of friends and died a lonely eccentric.

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