Edgar Degas

Edgar Degas

Degas was a French painter and sculptor whose innovative composition, skilful drawing and perceptive analysis of figures in motion made him one of the masters of modern art in the late nineteenth century. ‘People call me the painter of dancing girls’, he said to the art dealer Ambroise Vollard. ‘It has never occurred to them that my chief interest in dancers lies in rendering movement and painting pretty clothes.’

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