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Artist a Day:  Edgar Degas

Artist a day! EDGAR DEGAS (1834-1917)  Edgar Degas was a French Impressionist artist recognized for his pastel drawings and oil paintings. Degas even produced bronze sculptures toward the end of his life.

Oil on canvas, 200 x 250 cm, 1862

The Bellelli Family

Edgar's Works

Degas is known for painting ballet dancers. He was intrigued by them and enjoyed capturing their elegance and energy. He often painted them backstage while they were getting ready for a performance.

Grisaille, 1869

Interior (The Rape)

Edgar's Works

Edgar Degas's artworks have been presented at auction numerous times, with admitted prices varying from $4 to $37,000,000.

Oil on canvas, 1872

Dance Class at the Opera, rue Le Peletier

Edgar's Works

The prices depend on the size and medium of the artwork. In 1998 the record price for this artist at auction was $37,042,500 for Danseuse au Repos.

Oil on canvas, 70.5 x 200.7 cm, 1883

Dancers tying shoes

Edgar's Works

Oil on canvas, 155 x 109.5 cm, 1860

Young Spartans Exercising

Edgar's Works

Oil on canvas, 73 x 92 cm, 1873

A Cotton Office in New Orleans

Edgar's Works

“Art is not what you see, but what you make others see.” 

Famous Quote by  Edgar Degas

Oil on canvas, 85 x 75 cm, 1874

The Ballet Class

Edgar's Works

“The creation of a painting takes as much trickery and premeditation as the commitment of a crime.” 

Famous Quote by  Edgar Degas

Oil on canvas, 92 x 68 cm, 1876

The Absinthe Drinker

Edgar's Works

“I would rather do nothing than do a rough sketch without having looked at anything. My memories will do better.” 

Famous Quote by  Edgar Degas

Oil on canvas, 78.4 x 117.5 cm, 1875

Place de la Concorde

Edgar's Works

Oil on canvas, 100.3 x 75.2 cm, 1857

A Roman Beggar Woman

Edgar's Works

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