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Edgar Degas

Edgar Degas


Nationality: French

Birth Place: Paris (Ville de Paris department, île-de-France, France)

Born on the nineteenth of July 1834, Edgar Degas was originally named Hilaire-Germain-Edgar De Gas. Born to a fairly wealthy family in Paris, France, he was originally destined for a degree in law until gaining acceptance to the Ecole des Beaux Arts in April of 1855. In drawing, he followed the style of his mentor Jean Auguste Dominique Ingres, but he is best known for his role in establishing the "Impressionist" movement in artwork. This is ironic, as he did not favor the term, but preferred to be known as a "Realist".

Degas is best known for his painting and sculpture. A staunch Nationalist, he parted ways with his art during the Franco-Prussian war in 1870 to volunteer for the National Guard. They found out his eyesight was defective,which bothered him for the rest of his life. He died in September of 1917, by which time he was nearly blind.

His famous works include "Scene of War in the Middle Ages", which was accepted for exhibition by the Salon de Paris. It gained little notice, and near that time he became acquainted with Claude Monet. The two artists had a friendly rivalry and in time came to join with other contemporary French Artists to form the Impressionists, who mounted eight exhibitions between 1874 and 1886, seven of which featured Degas's work prominently.

His nude portraits of women revealed misogynistic tendencies, and his antisemitism cost him many friends. He never married, and lived in isolation during the latter part of his life.


Edgar Degas Original Art Values Sold at Auction

Item Realized
Edgar Degas (French, 1834-1917) Esquisse pour un portrait de M. et Mme. Louis Rouart, 1904 Pastel and charcoal on pape...
Edgar Degas (French, 1834-1917)Esquisse pour un portrait de M. et Mme. Louis Rouart, 1904Pastel and charcoal on pape... (Total: 2 Items)
Lot 69079
Auction 5278
Wednesday, December 7, 2016
EDGAR DEGAS (French 1834-1917) Mary Cassatt at the Louvre, 1879-1880 Etching, soft ground etching, aquatint, and drypo...
EDGAR DEGAS (French 1834-1917)Mary Cassatt at the Louvre, 1879-1880Etching, soft ground etching, aquatint, and drypo...
Lot 23664
Auction 656
Friday, December 7, 2007
Edgar Degas (French, 1834-1917) Au Louvre, la peinture, Mary Cassatt, circa 1879-80 Etching, aquatint, and drypoint on...
Edgar Degas (French, 1834-1917)Au Louvre, la peinture, Mary Cassatt, circa 1879-80Etching, aquatint, and drypoint on...
Lot 63104
Auction 5260
Monday, June 27, 2016
EDGAR DEGAS (French, 1834-1917) Mlle. Nathalie Wolkonska Etching restrike from cancelled copper plate 4-3/4 x 3-1/2 i
EDGAR DEGAS (French, 1834-1917)Mlle. Nathalie WolkonskaEtching restrike from cancelled copper plate4-3/4 x 3-1/2 i...
Lot 89471
Auction 5129
Sunday, February 24, 2013

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