Hilaire-Germain-Edgar de Gas, more generally known as Edgar Degas, was an Impressionist painter born in France in 1834. Degas studied at the famous Ecole des Beaux-Arts in Paris, and subsequently went to Italy for five years where he meticulously copied and studied The Renaissance Movement artists. Degas drew inspiration from the world of entertainment and later from everyday life. Degas’ paintings of Ballet dancers, little ballerinas, women in intimate situations and horse races are the subjects that are generally associated with work.
In 1872 he traveled to New Orleans where relatives were involved in the Cotton Trade. It was there that Degas painted The Cotton Exchange in New Orleans 1873. This painting was acquired in 1878 by the Musee des Beaux-Arts at Pau for 2,000 Francs.
Four Ballerinas Behind the Stage 1898, or Blue Dancers as it is sometimes known, is a vibrant painting depicting four ballerinas.
During the last twenty-years of his life, Degas was virtually blind and lived a reclusive life.
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