Edgar Degas - A French Impressionist artist
Edgar Degas, the popular French artist, was born on 19 July 1834 in Paris, France. He was famous for his pastel drawings and oil paintings. He also created many bronze sculptures, prints, and drawings, which were amazing. Edgar Degas mainly focused on the human subject and used it to create the female figure. His paintings were related to ballet dancers, bathing women, and female nudes' portraits; he was fascinated by them and took them as an element of inspiration and wanted to capture their grace and power in his works. He was not like the other impressionists and avoided painting outdoors. This popular French Impressionist artist was one of the founders of Impressionism.
The early life of Edgar Degas:
Edgar Degas was born in a wealthy family and was the oldest of five children. His maternal grandmother had settled in New Orleans in 1810, as she was of French descent. At the age of eleven, Degas started his schooling in Lycée Louis-le-Grand. When he was thirteen, his mother died, and from then, his main influences were his father and uncles.
Edgar Degas started painting at a very early age and turned his home into an artist studio when he was 18. In 1855, he studied drawing with Louis Lamothe. Edgar also made the first studies for his early masterpiece in 1858. During this time, he was staying with his aunt's family in Naples.
Popular artwork by Edgar Degas:
Edgar Degas created many paintings and drawings, and some of his acknowledged artwork was like-
- The Bellelli Family (1858–1867)
- The Ballet Class (1871–1874)
- The Absinthe (1875–1876)
- The Tub (1886)
During his last days, he gave up on work and left his studio in 1912. Due to reduced sight and hearing, he circled himself with pictures he had made and collected, retreating into his memories. In 1917, Edgar Degas died on 27th September. He lived a life of a popular French Impressionist artist till the age of eighty-three. His artwork inspired many new and upcoming artists of his time.