Degas (May 2018)

Self-portrait by the artist, Edgar Degas
Edgar Degas, Self-Portrait [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons
Born in 1834 to a wealthy family, Edgar Degas studied law before deciding to become an artist at the age of eighteen. He was very interested in the art of photography, a passion reflected in his works by their intimate quality.

Degas’ works make the viewer feel as if they are present, standing beside the artist. While an Impressionist, Degas chose to emulate the style of the old masters, painting ballet dancers, bathing women, and racehorses.

The Dancing Class is a moment captured in time, not of a performance, but of his observation of a rehearsal room.

The Dancing Class

The Dance Class (La Classe de Danse), 1873–1876, oil on canvas, by Edgar Degas
The Dance Class (La Classe de Danse), 1873–1876, oil on canvas, by Edgar Degas

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