Degas | The Parisian man

Hilaire Germain Edgar Degas was born in Paris (1834-1917). He is identified as an Impressionist.

He didn’t see himself as an academic, but as a person that renewed art. Her parents were born in Italy and his family was part of the Bourgeoisie. When he was young, he was a student of Dominique Ingres, and he also met and studied with Manet in the School of Fine Arts of France. After feeling dissatisfied with their first works, he discovered Parisian modern life and started painting about dark side of society and the life of “common people.”


Ballerinas were the protagonists of Dega’s work. Lines dominated over colors, so he was known as one of the best colorists of the time. His strokes, between light and dark color, dominate his work, we can see pastel colors as well as a variety of colors in the palette. Behind the delicate pirouettes and jumps, we can see the happy, hard-working ballerinas. During those years, classical ballet’s popularity was decaying. The so famous romantic choreographies became old-fashioned.


Degas’s work consist of 200 pieces including graphics, sculptures, pastels, and paintings. No one has ever dedicated in such an obsessive way to represent women in bathrooms as Degas has done it. These women particularly asked to be painted by the artist. They didn’t fit in stereotype of the perfect woman; their bodies were real even when they were posing (although they didn’t pose). Therefore, their curves are a picture of themselves, when they were just waking up. The artist play with these women so that the viewer become an observant. Such curves were completely distorted, so the artist was obsessed with it and tried to adopt new perspectives about the body of women.

He spent his last years in utter loneliness and died at the age of 83.





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