Edgar Degas: Of Dandies, Ballerinas & Women Ironing
Frequently bought together
Customers who bought this item also bought
At the age of 36 his sight began to fail. He could no longer stand bright daylight. In only a few years he would go blind, this he knew.
Edgar Degas, the son of an Italian banker, had stopped studying law to become a painter. He was a brilliant portraitist, but even more than this he loved to paint the dynamics of movement in horse races, to sketch the milliners on the boulevards, to depict with his paintbrush or pastel crayons the young women who worked as laundresses and water-carriers.
Like no other artist, he captured the fleeting moment of movement. Due to his failing eyesight, he retreated increasingly into the world of artificial light, painting the female singers in the concert cafes on the Champs-Elysees, the ballerinas in the Paris Opera, the cocottes in the brothels, intimate scenes in the boudoir.