|Edgar Degas Gallery
|Edgar Degas (1834-1917)
Degas was born and died in Paris. He is buried at the cemetery of Montmartre. He entered the École des Beaux-Arts and visited Rome and Florence. From 1865 to 1870 he exhibited each year at the Paris Salon. He also exhibited with the Impressionists. Degas assimilated into his mature style English art and Japanese prints. He acquired his enduring reputation as a "painter of dancers" and also painted the café-concert, laundry women, bathers, jockeys and milliners. From the mid-1870's he worked with pastels. He was also a gifted sculptur. He struggled with failing vision and blindness at the end of his life.
Race Horses, 1885–88
This work was painted in 1871–72 and reworked in 1876–78. X-rays reveal that Degas eliminated a fence on the left and added the jockeys on the right. The steward holding a flag is painted over a horse and jockey.
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