(July 19, 1834 � September 27, 1917) Born Hilaire Germain Edgar Degas in Paris, France, he was the oldest of five children. His father, a banker, encouraged his son's artistic inclination.
Degas' innovative style, influenced by photography and Japanese woodblock prints called Ukiyo-e (Japonism), his skillful drawing, and perceptive analysis of movement made him one of the masters of progressive art in the late 19th century. He is especially known for his paintings of ballet dancers. Degas is often considered an impressionist, some of his work shows classical and realist styles, and other times romanticism...
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