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Edgar Degas Capturing the Human Spirit Many famous artists have attempted to capture the human spirit and essence of movement but few have achieved the beautiful embodiment of it like Hilaire Germain Edgar Degas has Dancers become immortalized and horses take on elegant qualities through Degass deft swift Impressionist brush strokes The warm neutral tones and occasional bright colors add feeling and raw emotion to his works whether sculpture oil paint or pastels Despite his temperamental behavior and various personal struggles Degas is known as one of the foremost and key Impressionists worldwide Ballet Class offers a peek into ordinary life in Paris and a glimpse into the world of Edgar Degas as well Hilaire Germain Edgar Degas entered this world on July 19 1834 quite appropriately in Paris the City of Lights Appropriately because light among a few other things is key to Impressionism and Degass use of light brings out the subjects and important focus areas of his paintings At the time of his birth his family was spelling their surname De Gas to look and sound more aristocratic but Degas returned to his roots and original surname spelling sometime around 1870 Degass childhood is not of great significance his father was a French banker and his mother was American and they were fairly well off At the impressively young age of eighteen Degas was granted permission to copy paintings by the old masters on display in the Louvre In 1855 Degas was admitted to the cole des Beaux-Arts In the following years Degas travels a bit to Italy and back befriending Manet and participating in various exhibitions Of all the Impressionists Degass style most closely resembles that of Manet Degas like Manet tended to use darker more muted colors and his style also bordered on traditionalist This is probably cause of copying many paintings in the Louvre Similarities with all the impressionists include common subject matter ordinary life and similar brush
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