Edgar Degas (French: [ilɛʁ ʒɛʁmɛ̃ ɛdɡɑʁ dəɡɑ]; born Hilaire-Germain-Edgar De Gas; 19 Julie 1834 – 27 September 1917) wus a French airtist famous for his pentins, sculptures, prents, an drawins. He is especially identifee'd wi the subject o dance; mair nor hauf o his warks depict dancers.[1] Regairdit as ane o the foonders o Impressionism, he rejectit the term, preferrin tae be cried a realist.[2] He wis a superb drauchtsman, an pairteecularly masterly in depictin muivement, as can be seen in his rendeetion o dancers, racecoorse subjects an female nudes. His portraits are notable for thair psychological complexity an for their portrayal o human isolation.[3]

Edgar Degas
Sel-portrait (Degas au porte-fusain), 1855
BornHilaire-Germain-Edgar De Gas
19 Julie 1834(1834-07-19)
Paris, Fraunce
Dee'd27 September 1917(1917-09-27) (aged 83)
Paris, Fraunce
Kent forPentin, sculptur, drawin
Notable wirk(s)The Bellelli Faimily (1858–1867)
Woman wi Chrysanthemums (1865)
Chanteuse de Café (c.1878)
At the Milliner's (1882)

At the beginnin o his career, Degas wantit tae be a history penter, a cryin for that he wis weel prepared bi his rigorous academic trainin an close study o clessical airt. In his early thirties, he chynged coorse, an bi bringin the tradeetional methods o a history penter tae bear on contemporary subject maiter, he becam a clessical penter o modren life.[4]


  1. Trachtman, Paul, Degas and His Dancers, Smithsonian Magazine, April 2003
  2. Gordon and Forge 1988, p. 31
  3. Brown 1994, p. 11
  4. Turner 2000, p. 139