Month: July 2021

Happy Birthday Edgar Degas!

July 19 marks the birthday of renown artist, Edgar Degas.  And we feel like celebrating!  Though Degas was considered one of the founders of the impressionist movement, he preferred to be called realist over impressionist.  He sometimes poked fun at the impressionist artists of the 19th century who set up their easels outdoors so they could capture the sunlight on their subjects. Degas preferred working indoors in his studio, catching fleeting moments of modern life.  He adored the mystique created by art and was quoted as saying, “A painting requires a little mystery, some vagueness, some fantasy.  When you always make your meaning perfectly plain, you end up boring people.’

Framed Self Portrait of Edgar Degas

Self portrait, 1855 by Edgar Degas