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French painter and sculptor
clues: Impressionist Edgar; “Absinthe” painter; “Jockeys in the Rain" artist; "Race Horses" artist Edgar; Painter of ballerinas
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Degas and the Dancers

It is all very well to copy what one sees, but it is far better to draw what one now only sees in one's memory. That is a transformation in which imagination collaborates with memory ~ Edgar Degas

Edgar Degas (July 19, 1834 – September 27, 1917) was a French painter and sculptor.

Born Hilaire Germain Edgar Degas in Paris, he was the oldest of five children. Madame de Gas belonged to a French family that settled in America. Fond of his mother, her death in 1847 was a deep personal tragedy for Degas. His father, a banker, encouraged his son's artistic inclination. Degas received a classical education at Lycee Louis-le-Grand from 1845 to 1852, then studied law.

The Dance Class, 1874

Degas' innovative composition, influenced by photography and Japanese woodblock prints called Ukiyo-e (Japonism), his skillful drawing, and perceptive analysis of movement made him one of the masters of progressive art in the late 19th century. He is especially known for his paintings of ballet dancers and other women, as well as of race horses. Often considered an impressionist, some of his work shows classical and realist styles, and other times romanticism.

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