Monday, January 31, 2011

Edgar Degas (July 19, 1834 – September 27, 1917)

Woman Combing Her Hair

Degas was an absolutely gifted artist, who coming out of an early string of academically pleasing artworks surprised and divided critics with his experimentations. As for Degas the man, he was a bachelor, known for his cruel humor, ludditism and strong anti-Semitism; and there are numerous reports, from acquaintances, of Degas' unpleasantness. Still, as I think he should be, he is remembered for the inventiveness and beauty of his works. 

Blue Dancers

Steep Coast

Miss La La at the Cirque Fernando

Mademoiselle Fiocre in the Ballet 'La Source'

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