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Edgar Degas - French Artist From Art History

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Historical Artist - Edgar Degas (1834 - 1917)

As a lifelong student of Italian Renaissance and sixteenth century painters, Edgar Degas developed a passionate interest for accuracy in his forms. He met Manet in 1861, who introduced him to the impressionism and allowed him to participate in most of their exhibitions. Despite the tendency of the Impressionists to favor landscapes, Degas is most recognized by his painting of female dancers. When his sight began to fail in 1875, Degas began to experiment with pastels, capturing momentary images with a departure from classical poses. Degas is also known for his sculptures, which he created out of wax and clay originally, but were cast in bronze after his death. He is regarded as one of the founders of Impressionism although he rejected the term, and preferred to be called a realist. 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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