Edgar Degas

Edgar Degas was a famous member of the impressionist group, even though his paintings are not always strictly impressionistic. Wanting to study and show the human body in action, he made many paintings of ballet dancers. Ask us about his life and work here.

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Did Edgar degas marry?

No, Edgar Degas never married. people thought he was annoying at times.

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Where is 'Two Dancers on Stage' by Edgar Degas?

In the Courtauld Institute, London

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Why did Edgar Degas go to Italy?

To study, and also to visit his relatives.

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What is Edgar Degas' favorite color?

Artists cannot possibly have just one favorite color.

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Where was 'The Rehearsal' by Edgar Degas painted?

At the Ballet school of the Paris Opera.

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How many paintings did Edgar Degas paint and what were their names?

About 1200 paintings and 75 small-scale sculptures by Degas are known.

Some well-known titles are:

The Bellelli Family (1858-1867)

Woman with Chrysanthemums (1865)

Chanteuse de Café (c.1878)

At the Milliner's (1882)

He also made many paintings of ballet dancers.

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How did Andy Warhol produce his work?

His paintings were sometimes oil paint on canvas, sometimes polymer paint (acrylic) on canvas.

Warhol frequently used silk-screening; his later drawings were traced from slide projections. At the height of his fame as a painter, Warhol had several assistants who produced his silk-screen multiples, following his directions to make different versions and variations.

In a quote Warhol gives information on his attitude in making his art; it makes clear that he made his art in a direct and spontaneous way:

"When I have to think about it, I know the picture is wrong. And sizing is a form of thinking and coloring is too. My instinct about painting says, 'If you don't think about it, it's right'. As soon as you have to decide and choose, it's wrong. And the more you decide about, the more wrong it gets. Some people, they paint abstract, so they sit there thinking about it because their thinking makes them feel they're doing something. But my thinking never makes me feel I'm doing anything."

from "The Philosophy of Andy Warhol (from A to B and Back again)", Andy Warhol, Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, New York 1975, p. 149

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The most famous Ballerina Painter?

Edgar Degas.

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Edgar Degas' birth and death date?

Edgar Degas was born July 19, 1834 in Paris, France. He also died in Paris, France on September 27, 1917.

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What famous artists have painted clowns?

Baster

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Who influenced Edgar Degas?

Degas was influenced by Michelangelo, Raphael, Titian, and other artists of the Renaissance. A link can be found below.

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What did Edgar Degas use to make his sculptures?

He made them in wax. After his death many of them were cast in bronze.

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How did Edgar Degas die?

The cause of his death was unspecified. He was quite old.
Actually he died in world war 1 of old age.

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Who were the ballerinas in 'Dancers in Pink' by Edgar Degas?

They were anonymous.

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Why did Edgar Degas wanted his work to be called Realism not Impressionism?

Characteristics of Impressionist paintings include visible brush strokes, open composition, emphasis on light in its changing qualities (often accentuating the effects of the passage of time), ordinary subject matter, the inclusion of movement as a crucial element of human perception and experience, and unusual visual angles. The emergence of Impressionism in the visual arts was soon followed by analogous movements in other media which became known as Impressionist music and Impressionist literature.

Degas is often identified as an Impressionist, an understandable but insufficient description. The Impressionists painted the realities of the world around them using bright, "dazzling" colors, concentrating primarily on the effects of light, and hoping to infuse their scenes with immediacy.

Technically, Degas differs from the Impressionists in that he "never adopted the Impressionist color fleck", and he continually belittled their practice of painting en plein air. "He was often as anti-impressionist as the critics who reviewed the shows", as Degas himself explained, "no art was ever less spontaneous than mine. What I do is the result of reflection and of the study of the great masters; of inspiration, spontaneity, temperament, I know nothing."

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Who was Edgar Degas?

He was French and an accomplished painter and sculptor, known specially for his paintings of a ballet dancers. He molded, in wax and clay, exquisite small statues of dancers, female bathers, horses in motion. And was a very nice man.

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Did Edgar Degas make a good living?

Yes, he did.

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Edgar Degas what kind of techniqes did he like doing in painting?

He used bright colors and focused on light, much like the Impressionists of his time.

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How is Edgar Degas' work similar to other impressionists?

His early work is not. Really no similaritu until he starts making his pastels more like oil paintings from the last part of the 1880s. Click link below and scroll down to see examples!

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When did Edgar Degas change his style in art?

A close look at his work shows changes all the way. One of the most important changes is his increased interest in pastel, and about 1880 he started trying to make pastel as heavy as oil paint.

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What art movement did Edgar degas associate with?

Edgar degas called himself a realist, but as his eyesight got worst his art style became more impressionistic.

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Where did Edgar Degas go to college?

At the Lycée Louis-le-Grand in Paris.

The French school system is (and was) different from modern American school system.

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How old was Edgar Degas when his mom died?

13

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How did Edgar Degas achieve the portrayal of the Parisian life in his work?

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What themes did Edgar Degas use?

Degas had a favorite theme, the ballet dancers and theatre performers in Paris. He liked capturing moments in contemporary life.

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