Edgar Degas and his art.
Edgar Degas is mentioned in art history as one of the representatives of impressionist painting, moreover, he is accorded a very high and important position in the painters' mailroom, using this technique. He himself did not identify too much with Impressionism itself, he saw himself rather as an artist, who tries to reproduce on the canvas the truth of the moment stopped there, he saw himself as an artistic realist. Although he was educated in the field of fine arts with the intention of becoming an author of historical paintings, the works he left testify to this, that he was seduced by the magic of everyday life, recording scenes taken from the lives of Europeans in the second half of the 19th century for posterity. He was also fascinated by the technical novelty of photography at that time.
Paris curriculum vitae
Most of the artist's life was associated with his native Paris. Coming from a middle-class family and orphaned at a young age by the death of his mother, Degas enrolled in the School of Fine Arts, under the direction of Louis Lamothe. Already at the age of eighteen he was a self-sufficient artist, earning money as a copyist in the Louvre itself. Though his father's wish was, for my son to obtain a solid legal education, the future artist never got involved in his studies. His love of painting flourished even more during his stay with his family in Italy: while in Naples, he made the first sketches of his more serious original works, and in addition, he made successful copies of famous works, by Michelangelo, among others. Due to the unrest in France, he spent the following years in New Orleans, also in relatives. This American space turned out to be an inspiration for the young artist: he created his only work here, which he personally sold to a Parisian museum during his lifetime. W 1873 year the painter returned to Paris, where the news of his father's death and his brother's indebtedness found him - the artist was forced to sell all the family's belongings, and he had to fight for his livelihood, working in your uncertain, artistic profession. Degas has survived over 80 years, and his life was completely devoted to art.
Easter, oil and wax
Degas did not stick to one type of creative technique. Although he created most of his paintings, using oil paints on canvas, his most recognizable work is the painting entitled The Blue Dancers, painted with pastels. This is the charm of the fleeting moments of dance, graceful figures of ballerinas seemed to best inspire the painter's artistic sensitivity, as it was this subject that he devoted most of his work to. At the same time, it showed the elusiveness of colorful moments, which probably allowed him to be pigeonholed as an impressionist. It is worth noting, however, that not all performances of the dancers focused on showing them during performances, and the artist did not try to embellish it, what he saw: sometimes Degas appears as a very thorough documenter of this, what is happening behind the scenes, during breaks and rehearsals. Perhaps that is why he saw himself more as a follower of realism in art. At the end of life, as if out of compulsion, he turned to a different way of creative expression: because his eyesight was getting weaker and weaker, the painter could not compose such detailed and expressive visions, as before. It was then that he became interested in the technique of casting dark wax sculptures. He presented some of the works to the public during his lifetime, however, most of the artist's sculptural attempts were discovered only by his heirs. The most famous sculpture by Degas is a figure described as a fourteen-year-old dancer.