Some of the most important protagonists of our trips are the artists who have left their mark wherever we go. This is the case of Edgar Degas, French painter and sculptor, one of the parents of Impressionism, that he achieved with his originality and his works that his memory will last generation after generation.
Who was Edgar Degas?
This artist was born in 1834 in Paris, the same city where he died in 1917. His gift for painting was reflected at an early age and with 18 years he already installed a painting studio in his house. There he would give free rein to his creativity and all those images that passed through his mind.«Ballet rehearsal»
His interest and good work in painting allowed him, as a young man, to register as an art copyist at the famous Louvre Museum. However, his father and grandfather decided that Edgar had to study a career that would secure his future. For not letting them down, He entered the University of Paris to study law.
However, he never put much effort into his studies. Just two years after starting them, in 1855, Edgar Degas would meet Jean Auguste Dominique Ingres, who had a great influence on him and his desire to be an artist, so that same year he entered the School of Fine Arts.
«Draw lines and more lines, young, taken from reality and memory, so you will become a good artist.»
-Jean Auguste Dominique Ingres-
Degas would no longer stop painting, although throughout his life he would also be interested in sculpture and even photography. In addition, he would gather a small collection of works by great masters of painting, such as Velázquez or El Greco.
Some works of Edgar Degas
The artistic career of Edgar Degas was basically focused on portraits and nudes, some of which marked precedent in the painting of that time. These are some of his most recognized works.
Edmondo and Therèse Morbili«Edmondo and Therèse Morbili» - Sharon Molerus / Flickr.com
It is a portrait of Edgar's sister and her husband. The artist did not like his brother-in-law very much, and he showed it by painting his figure with resentment, which is perceived in the aggressive lines of his expression and his gaze. Apparently, Therèse was her favorite sister, and this marriage was agreed by a papal bull that was not liked by Edgar.
Therèse was the leading model of many of the painter's paintings, and that 'another' took her, it seems that he didn't like it. It is impressive how the difference between the two members of the couple, and the feeling of the artist towards his brother-in-law is able to be masterfully reflected in the painting.
Sunbather drying«After the bath, woman drying up»
Edgar was a fan of naked bathers and painted several throughout his life. In none of them the face of the models is seen, perhaps trying to harmonize the intimacy of the act with the modesty that should have been at the time towards the nudes.
In this painting, Edgar achieves this in a very sublime way, since the model covers her face elegantly while drying one of her armpits. The mixture of colors and the technique of this painting leave no doubt about the artist's gift.
The ironers«The ironers»
For a few years Edgar focused on intimate scenes of women's nudes, but decided to turn his work around. A) Yes, began to capture the hard work that some performed. The ironerscrudely shows the exhaustion of these women and the poverty of the humble classes.
This work shows the desire of a woman to remove the wrinkles of a garment while another takes a break. A work of simple composition that stands out for the use of color. The theme of the ironers stars in another of the famous series of Degas, along with the dancers and the nudes.
The works of this impressive French painter are exhibited in the best museums in the world,such as the Louvre, the Thyssen-Bornemisza National Museum and many others. Just choose the place you want to go on your next vacation and don't forget to know some of his most famous paintings. It will be worth it!