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 than hauf o his warks depict dancers. Regairdit as ane o the foonders o Impressionism, he rejectit the term, preferrin tae be cried a realist. 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.
Sel-portrait (Degas au porte-fusain), 1855
|Born||Hilaire-Germain-Edgar De Gas|
19 Julie 1834
|Died||27 September 1917 (aged 83)|
|Kent for||Pentin, 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.
- Trachtman, Paul, Degas and His Dancers, Smithsonian Magazine, April 2003
- Gordon and Forge 1988, p. 31
- Brown 1994, p. 11
- Turner 2000, p. 139