This week we are Dancing with Degas, the French Impressionist most famous for his ballerinas!
Degas was born to a wealthy family in you name it, Paris, France. As a young adult, he planned to study law but after exposure to the arts, enrolled in art school. Needless to say his father was not happy with his son’s decision!
Unlike other impressionist artists, Degas did not paint outside. He was fascinated by theater, and inspired by the stage presence of ballerinas. His paintings depict dancers rehearsing, stretching, and resting. He gives the viewer a peek into the life of a dancer, and her commitment to performance.
Towards the end of his life Degas began to lose eyesight. Limited by what he could see, he abandoned his oil paints and began to focus on sculpture. Over the course of his life Degas painted over 1,500 paintings, drawings, prints, and sculptures. This week we celebrate his accomplishments and note him as one of the most inspiring Impressionists to date. Dance with us!
Monet & Me
Pictures Courtesy of http://edgar-degas.org