Saturday, December 13, 2008


Edgar Degas (19 July 1834 – 27 September 1917), was a French artist famous for his work in painting, sculpture, printmaking and drawing. He is regarded as one of the founders of Impressionism although he rejected the term, and preferred to be called a realist. A 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. His portraits are considered to be among the finest in the history of art.
His scenes of Parisian life, his off-center compositions, his experiments with color and form, and his friendship with several key Impressionist artists, most notably Edouard Manet, all relate him intimately to the Impressionist movement.

I do not care for Degas as a human being, for he was a well known anti-semite, but I love his ballerinas.
Their movement, texture and colour are so very beautiful.
Though he may have been a terrible human, he was a great artist.


Anna Vedeneeva said...

i really love dagas and impressionism!*
thanks for pics)

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chloe said...

these degas paintings are some of my all time favorite inspirations. when i was in middle school i drew a whole series of ballet dancers... my peak as an artist, hehe. but his are so so pretty!
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Bambola said...

These are gorgeous pictures! I especially love the second one :)

Ander said...

Here are some more nice Degas drawings, including some ballerinas.

Thanks for this post.