The family was moderately wealthy. Degas began to paint seriously early in his life.
In Longchamp racecourse field, which had just opened, Degas will attentively study the animation of racecourses universe - jockeys, preparations and departure of races From tohe will successfully send his works each year to the official Salon.
Afterhe will definitively cease his sendings.
Unlike the other Impressionists, Degas will always prefer workshop painting and will never share their love for countryside and open air painting, nor their research about natural light which was at the center of their preoccupations.
Quite to the contrary, he will study the effects of artificial light lamps with gas. His visual memory enables him to precisely retranscribe in workshop the subjects which he observed, which he recreates in a pictorial composition wanted by him.
Degas asserted the artist's right to translate his artistic will, thus being opposed on that matter to Impressionists who privileged spontaneity of painting from motif. Degas will thus say about his art: What I do is the result of thought and study of the Old Masters; about inspiration, spontaneity, character, I know nothing At that time, while keeping on working on realistic portraits, such as "Woman with chrysanthemums" -Degas sends to the Salon in a horse-race painting, and starts to get interest in another major theme in his work: With "The orchestra at the Opera house" -Degas again signs a very innovative composition, with superimposed plans seen from first rank, the pit with the musicians, and the stage where decapitated ballet dancers form a swirl of legs and tutus.
The orchestra at the Opera House c. During the franco-prussian war ofDegas will serve, like Manet, in the National Guard in Paris. After the Commune, he will visit some of his relatives in the New-Orleans, from which he will bring back the famous painting " Portraits in a New Orleans Cotton office " - Degas is co-organizer of the 1st group exhibition of the Impressionists inand will from there on only exhibit in the shows of the Impressionist group.
He will get more and more interested in ballet, which will become to him the artistic dominating matter. He sees in the ballet, apart from the magic which it exerts on him, an ideal subject of observation of fast motion, as well as a vast opportunity for space composition, offered by all the surface of the scene.
Quickly, Degas will get aware, throughout his backstage observations of artists while at work - exercises, rehersals - of the existing shift between the fairyhood of costumes and spectacles and the miserable social condition of dancers. For Degas, theatre, music and dance, a microcosm which focuses the attention of the rich ones who can pay for luxury of the spectacles, will become a privileged place for observation of human relationships and contradictory relations between art, work and business.Hilaire German Edgar Degas was born on July 19, , in Paris, France, the son of a well-to-do banker.
From an early age Edgar loved books, especially the classics, and was a serious student in high school. He was very attached to his younger brother, René, and he would later paint his image repeatedly. Edgar Degas was a French artist and sculptor. He is famous for his amazing works of art, paintings, prints and drawings.
He painted many of his paintings on. Edgar Degas (French, born July 19, –died September 27, ) is renowned as a major Impressionist artist, celebrated for his depictions of Parisian urban life and his investigations of color, light, and composition in several media, such as painting, sculpture, and pastels.
Degas was born Hiliare-Germain-Edgar Degas in Paris, and Nationality: French. For Degas, theatre, music and dance, a microcosm which focuses the attention of the rich ones who can pay for luxury of the spectacles, will become a privileged place for observation of human relationships and contradictory relations between art, work and business.
Edgar Degas was born Hilaire-Germain-Edgar de Gas on July 19, , in Paris, France. His father, Auguste, was a banker, and his mother, Celestine, was an American from New Orleans.
Their family were members of the middle class with nobler pretensions.
Biography of the life of the artist Edgar Degas. Hilaire-Germain-Edgar De Gas (Edgar Degas) () Degas Young Self-portrait. Hilaire-Germain-Edgar De Gas was born in Paris, France to Celestine Musson and Augustin De Gas.