Edgar Degas' anniversaire

Edgar Degas’ birth anniversary, July 19, 1834. (French, 1834–1917)

French artist famous for his paintings, sculptures, prints, and drawings. He is especially identified with the subject of dance; more than half of his works depict dancers. He is regarded as one of the founders of Impressionism, although he rejected the term, and preferred to be called a realist.  – wiki

This piece is lesser known, but particularly beautiful.  A rich, deep, palette of color that differs from the pastels of his dancers.

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Young Woman with Ibis, 1860-1862, Edgar Degas
Oil on canvas

This haunting work found fame at the Edgar Degas retrospective held in 1988–89 at the Museum, where visitors were surprised by its unfamiliarity. The fame of Degas’s ballet, bather, and jockey scenes has eclipsed his early career, when he wanted nothing more than to be a history painter like his two gods, Ingres and Delacroix.  – from The Met (Metropolitan Museum of Art)

Below is an example of the work for which he has become best known.

The Dance Class, 1874 Edgar Degas

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