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Today is Saturday, July 19, the 200th day of 2003 with 165 to follow.
By United Press International

Art auction market alive but not kicking

NEW YORK, May 19 (UPI) -- Sales of Impressionist, modern, and contemporary paintings and sculpture held during the past two weeks at New York's major auction houses indicate the art market has entered an era of very selective buying as a result of the uncertain economic climate th
FREDERICK M. WINSHIP

Distress sales enrich spring art auctions

NEW YORK, May 6 (UPI) -- New York's annual two-week spring art auctions of Impressionist, modern, and contemporary art begin today, reduced in size by the hesitant economy and the recent war in Iraq but enriched in quality by distress sales by troubled corporations and private co
FREDERICK M. WINSHIP

Exhibit maps wide influence of Spanish art

NEW YORK, April 17 (UPI) -- A Metropolitan Museum exhibit titled "Manet/Velazquez: The French Taste for Spanish Painting" traces the influence of Spanish artists on 19th-century French art
FREDERICK M. WINSHIP

Watercooler Stories

WINE COUNTRY SHOWS UPSWING IN DUI ARRESTS When all the police records were compiled for the just-passed holidays, drivers in California wine country did not fare well.
DENNIS DAILY, United Press International

The Art World:Avoiding exhibition overkill

NEW YORK, Nov. 7 (UPI) -- The problem with large exhibitions designed to revive the reputations of forgotten artists, such as the current Theodore Chasseriau show at the Metropolitan Mus
FREDERICK M. WINSHIP

How French art got to Impressionism

NEW YORK, Aug. 5 (UPI) -- The Morgan Library is giving a short summer course in French drawing guaranteed to give its visitors a better understanding of how art moved smoothly from Neocl
FREDERICK M. WINSHIP

Amazing Danish Impressionist art

NEW YORK, July 30 (UPI) -- Copenhagen is not generally considered a treasure trove of French Impressionist art, so a loan exhibition of a major collection from the Danish capital comes as
FREDERICK M. WINSHIP

The Almanac

Today is Friday, July 19, the 200th day of 2002 with 165 to follow.
By United Press International

Feature: Norfolk, navy base and art center

NORFOLK, Va., May 17 (UPI) -- The port city of Norfolk, Virginia, has meshed together with the largest U.S. Navy facility on the east coast of the United States to create an intriguing city
JACQUIE KUBIN

Spring art auctions show market strength

NEW YORK, May 9 (UPI) -- The art market followed the bullish lead of the stock market this week, resulting in multi-million dollar sales at Christie's and Sotheby's auction houses, incl
FREDERICK M. WINSHIP

French drawings of beauty, draftsmanship

NEW YORK, April 25 (UPI) -- The affinity of French artists for works on paper has rarely been displayed to such sensuous effect as that realized by an exhibition of master drawings selecte
FREDERICK M. WINSHIP

War anxiety fails to dent art auction mark

NEW YORK, Nov. 12 (UPI) -- The global war against terrorism failed to weaken the international art auction market in its first major test since the tragic events of Sept. 11.
FREDERICK M. WINSHIP
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Edgar Degas
J. Carter Brown, director of the National Gallery, shows First Lady Nancy Reagan a Edgar Degas sculpture during teh First Lady's visit to the gallery March 13, 1986 to view "the New Painting: Impressionism 1874-1886" exhibition. The scupture, entitled "The Fourteen Year-Old Dancer," is the only sculpture in the exhibit. (UPI PHOTO/Mary Anne Fackelman-Miner/THE WHITE HOUSE)
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Edgar Degas (19 July 1834 – 27 September 1917), born Hilaire-Germain-Edgar De Gas (French pronunciation: ), was a French artist famous for his work in painting, sculpture, printmaking and drawing. He is regarded as one of the founders of Impressionism although he rejected the term, and preferred to be called a realist. A superb draughtsman, he is especially identified with the subject of the dance, and over half his works depict dancers. These display his mastery in the depiction of movement, as do his racecourse subjects and female nudes. His portraits are notable for their psychological complexity and depiction of human isolation.

Early in his career, he wanted to be a history painter, a calling for which he was well prepared by his rigorous academic training and close study of classic art. In his early thirties, he changed course, and by bringing the traditional methods of a history painter to bear on contemporary subject matter, he became a classical painter of modern life.

Degas was born in Paris, France, the eldest of five children of Célestine Musson De Gas and Augustin De Gas, a banker. The family was moderately wealthy. His mother died when Degas was thirteen, after which his father and grandfather were the main influences on his early life. At age eleven, Degas (in adulthood he abandoned the more pretentious spelling of the family name) began his schooling with enrollment in the Lycée Louis-le-Grand, graduating in 1853 with a baccalauréat in literature.

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