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Category: Artists Profiles & History

Profile: Edgar Degas

Edgar Degas, French Impressionist Artist, 1834-1917 Edgar wanted to be an artist from a young age. At first he painted traditional subjects, including portraits and grand historical scenes but Degas wanted to experiment. Wanting to try new styles of painting, he began meeting with other artists who thought the same way. They talked about painting ordinary, everyday scenes and exploring light and color. This new group would soon be called the Impressionists. Degas wanted to paint scenes of real life and try to capture a moment, almost like a camera. His paintings may look spontaneous, but he spent a lot of time planning them out. He...

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