Edgar Degas

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Edgar Degas

Edgar Degas was born in France; being the oldest out of five children. His family was quite wealthy working as bankers. At a young age, he showed his talent and wanted to become an artist. Being in a wealthy family, he was able to go to good schooling growing up. His father wanted him to go to law school, so he attended Faculty of Law in the University of Paris. He didn’t do well in his studies. So he then attended an art school, School of Fine Arts. He used a lot of his free time at an art museum in Paris called “Louvre,” Later, he went to Italy and stayed with his aunt Baron Bellelli to study about Michelangelo and Leonardo da Vinci. While staying in with his aunt, he painted a famous family picture called The Bellelli Family. He wanted to be a famous artist, so he moved back to Paris in 1859. Degas mainly painted portraits and historical scenes. He turned in his artwork to the Salon for the first time in 1865. The Salon is the official art exhibition in France. They accepted his artwork of the Scene of War in the Middle Ages. Being enlisted as a national guard during the Franco-Prussian War, this meant little time for painting. He began to stay in Louisiana after the war with his family. During his stay, he mostly painted his family members. He got some attention in France when he painted The Cotton Exchange that was purchased by a museum. Edgar was forced to sell his house when he returned back to France because his brother, Rene, owned a lot of debt. He helped his brother pay the debt by selling his artwork. When the salon started feeling disappointed about his paintings, Degas and a few other artists started organizing their own “society.” They were called The Impressionists. Edgar took lead in the in organizing the exhibitions. Ingres, Delacroix, and Daumier were the three artists he idolized. Later around the late 1800s he began to have a passion for photography. He took pictures of his friends, nudes, and dancers. He...
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