French Impressionist master of ballet dancers—whether painted, pastel, or cast in bronze
Edgar Degas (1834-1917) was born Hilaire-Germain-Edgar De Gas to a Parisian banker and his New Orleans–born Creole wife.
Degas became an accomplished painter, sculptor, and draughtsman—his pastels are particularly memorable—famed for the way he captured the exquisite movement of ballerinas on the stage as well as the intimate moments of someone washing up.
Selected works by Edgar Degas in England
Two Dancers on the Stage (1874) by Edgar Degas in the Courtauld Gallery, London
After the Bath, Woman Drying Herself (1896/98) by Edgar Degas (1834–1917) in the National Gallery, London
Miss La La at the Cirque Fernando (1879) by Edgar Degas in the National Gallery, London