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Edgar Degas a French artists best known for his paintings, but also for his sculptures, prints, and drawings. Though he rejected the term, preferring to be classified as a realist, Degas is considered one of the founders of Impressionism.

Full Name Hilaire-Germaine-Edgar de Gas
Who painter
Birth Date July 19, 1934
Death Date September 27, 1917
Country France
Born Paris, France
Died Paris, France
Cause of Death old age
Education University of Paris
Father Augustin de Gas
Mother Celestine Musson de Gas
Spouse none

Jean Baptiste Rene de Gas

Marie-Therese Havie de Gas Morbilli

Achille de Gas

Marguerite de Gas

Children none


As a young man, Degas met Jean-Auguste Dominique Ingres, a painting hero of his, who gave him advice on his work. Degas remembered Ingres' words for the rest of his life. His painting style was heavily influenced by Ingres.

Degas met Edouard Manet in 1864, when both were there copying the same painting at the Louvre. They became friends, and Manet later was one of the primary influences in the shift of Degas' painting from historical to modern scenes.

Though Degas and Claude Monet are often considered obvious contemporaries, they never got along all that well. Degas balked at being called an Impressionist painter, like Monet, and Monet was offended at Degas' rejection of the term. There were often tensions between them.

Degas' circle of friends included Pierre Auguste Renoir, Mary Cassat, Stephane Mallarme, and others.

Degas was an acquaintance of John Singer Sargent, Jean Francois Raffaelli, Jean Louis Forain, George Moore, Walter Sickert, Henri de Toulouse Lautrec, and others.

How Added - Through his acquaintance John Singer Sargent, who was added via added via his portrait subject Octavia Hill. who was added via her housemate Sophia Jex-Blake, who was added via her friend Elizabeth Garrett Anderson, who was added via her sister Millicent Fawcett, who was added via her contemporary Camille Clifford.

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