Edgar Degas, a famous French artist and painter, was born on July 19, 1834. Although Degas is often identified as an impressionist painter, he preferred to be identified as a realist. He originally studied to be a lawyer to please his father, his passion for art paved the way to his successful career as a painter, sculptor and printmaker.
His early works depicted history subjects, such as Young Spartans Exercising. However, he had a keen eye for movement and an interest in human anatomy. Degas is most well-known for his paintings of dancers and the female form. Dancers are the subject of more than half of his artworks.
Some of Degas’s most famous paintings include: