The Life Of An Impressionist Painter - Edgar Degas

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Though known as the Impressionist painter of ballet subjects, Edgar Degas was far more than that. Edgar Degas grew up having a greatest gift with his ability to use visual strategies to create unusual perspective, expressive color, and cropped compositions to capture inner realities of his subjects (Rich pg 3). Being born in wealthy upper-class parents, it was supposed that Edgar Degas would follow in his father’s career as a banker. However, Degas had other ideas, following in his fathers footstep and becoming a banker was not career he wanted in the future. On Degas schoolbooks he traced dream heads and figures of knights in armor. He had a recurrent dream of his own: to be and artist (Rich pg 4). The experiences that influenced the... View More »

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The experience of serving in the war and the influence of impressionism made him renounce on an official career in the French Salons with their academic style and stopped exhibiting at the respected Salon (Hofmann pg 18). Instead Degas displayed his works with those of the less well-established impressionists.

Growing up in a prosperous family living in Paris, Degas had a father who ended up as a wealthy banker. Living in Paris Degas started his education by attending a leading boys’ school called the Lycee Louis-le-Grand. This is where he received a conventional classical education (Reef pg 4). After receiving his classical education, Degas enrolled at the faculty of law school at the Sorbonne. During this time, like so many other art students before him, Degas concentrated less on his responsibilities for law school and began copying drawings of great masters of art in order to improve his skills. Realizing that law school wasn’t the place for him, Degas cut short of his studies at the Sorbonne and took lessons with a painter Louis Lamothe. Degas enrolled at a studio Art school called Ecole des Beaux-Arts where Lamothe taught. Although he attended class frequently, he found the academic courses too restricting and decided to study art on his own, and soon traveling to Italy to experience Italian Art.

Degas grew up living a happy childhood, being very attached to his He was very attached to his younger brother, René, and he was also fond of his mother. Unfortunately Degas happy childhood came to a stop his mother died at a very young age. Experiencing this tragedy ...

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