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Edgar Degas

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Birthday
19, 1834
Birthplace
Paris, France
Death Date
Sep 27, 1917 (83)
Birth Sign
Cancer
Birthday
19, 1834
Birthplace
Paris, France
Death Date
Sep 27, 1917 (83)

About

French Impressionist painter whose famous ballet-themed works included "Dance Class" and "Fin d'Arabesque." Considered to be one of the founders of Impressionism, a term he refused to accept.

Before Fame

He briefly studied law at the University of Paris, but dropped out to study art. His original ambition was to be a history painter, but he soon discovered a passion for painting modern life in a classical style.

Trivia

He may have been considered an Impressionist painter, but his works, including "L'Absinthe" and "A Cotton Office in New Orleans," were also deeply influenced by Realism.

Family Life

He was born into a wealthy family and was one of five children born to Celestine Musson and Augustin Degas, who worked as a banker.

Associated With

He greatly influenced the work of Mary Cassatt.