Edgar Degas (Impressionist artist)

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Edgar Degas was a French painter, sculptor and printmaker.

 

Biography

Degas was born on 19, July 1834 in Paris as the eldest of three boys and two girls. Having received his baccalauréat - an academic qualification which French and international students take at the end of the lycée - he enrolled at the Faculty of Law. Two years later (1855), he entered the École des Beaux-Arts and began to study art.

Famous primarily for his works in painting, sculpture, printmaking and drawing - the favorite subjects of Degas were scenes from the world of entertainment and later from everyday's life - Degas was regarded as one of the founders of Impressionism. The Impressionist group, beside Degas including also Monet, Sisley and several other painters, staged eight exhibitions and Degas exhibited at all of them.

Edgar Degas died on 27, September 1917 in Paris, France. His motto was: ‘the artist must live alone, and his private life must remain unknown’.

Guide for collectors

The famous Degar’s paintings (including his Dancers in Pink painted in 1876 , The Tub painted in 1886, and Jockeys painted in 1886) can be found in Hill-Stead Museum in Connecticut, USA. Collection of Degas’s paintings, sculptures and drawings is situated also in Norton Simon Museium in Pasadena, California.

Besides them, many other museums include Degas’s works in their collections. For example: Art Institute of Chicago, USA; Birmingham Museums & Art Gallery, UK; Dallas Museum of Art, Texas, USA; Fitzwilliam Museum at the University of Cambridge, UK; Guggenheim Museum, New York City, USA; Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington D.C, USA; Neue Pinakothek, Munich, Germany; Réunion des Musées Nationaux, France; Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, Connecticut; University of Iowa Museum of Art, Iowa City, USA; Valtion Taidemuseo (Finnish National Gallery), Helsinki, Finland; The Ordrupgaard Collection, Charlottenlund, Denmark; Art Collection of the Biblioteca Luis Ángel Arango, Colombia or Blanton Museum of Art at the University of Texas, Austin, USA.

Most expensive work

In November 2008, Degas’s painting called Danseuse au repos was sold at Sotheby's for £17,601,500, making it the most expensive Degas’s work ever sold. Worth mentioning is also Degas’s sculpture entitled Petite danseuse de quatorze ans (1879-1881) sold for $12.3 million at Sotheby's in November 1999 (Buyer: François Pinault).

Most famous works

Among the most famous works of Degas belong painting called Danseuses (sold for $10,722,500 on 3, November 2009 at Christie’s auction in New York), painting called Danseuses jupes jaunes (Deux danseuses en jaune) (sold for £5,417,250 on 9, February 2011 at Christie’s auction in London) or painting named Leaving The Bath (sold for £34,850 on 27, September 2011 at Sotheby's, London).

Very famous are also Degas’s sculptures. For example, his Danseuse Position De Quatrieme devant sur la jambe gauche, Premiere Etude (sold for $482,500 on 4, May 2011 at Sotheby's auction in New York), Danseuse au repos, les mains sur les reins, la jambe droite en avant (sold for $242,500 on 4, May 2011 at Sotheby's auction in New York) or Portrait, tête appuyée sur la main (sold for £37,250 on 23, June 2011 at Sotheby's auction in London).

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