Monday, November 30, 2015

Chicago Museum of Art: Degas, a Family Portrait

Degas was born in Paris in 1834.  He was the eldest of 5 children.  By the time he was 18, he had already turned much of his bedroom into an artist's studio.   His father wanted him to study law. So, in 1853 he applied to the Faculty of Law at the University of Paris.  But, we didn't pay much attention to his studies!

He traveled to Italy and returned to France in 1858 where he moved into a Paris studio.  And, he began painting.

He was famous for movement in his paintings, focusing on dancers for nearly 1/2 of his work.

The painting below is of his uncle (Henri Degas) and his niece, Lucie.  

Degas was lauded as an impressionist.  However, he preferred the term, "realist"

My apologies for the slight light reflection just above the cigar.  

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