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Edgar Degas (born Hilaire-Germain-Edgar De Gas; 19 July 1834 – 27 Sept. 1917); French artist famous for his paintings, sculptures, prints, and drawings. He is especially identified with the subject of dance; more than half of his works depict dancers. He is regarded as one of the founders of Impressionism, although he rejected the term, preferring to be called a realist. He was a superb draftsman, and particularly masterly in depicting movement, as can be seen in his rendition of dancers, racecourse subjects and female nudes. His portraits are notable for their psychological complexity and for their portrayal of human isolation.
...Degas began to paint early in life. By the time he graduated from the Lycée with a baccalauréat in literature in 1853, at age 18, he had turned a room in his home into...(https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Edgar_Degas)
Degas the Photographer
"'These days, Degas abandons himself entirely to his new passion for photography,' wrote an artist friend in autumn 1895, the moment of the great Impressionist painter’s most intense exploration of photography. In a burst of creative energy that lasted less than 5 years, he made a body of photographs of which fewer than 50 survive, which makes the surviving photographs scarcely known even among devoted fans of the artist’s paintings and pastels." http://www.theuntappedsource.com/blog/edgar-degas-self-portrait-photograph-sundayselfie/#sthash.RcN3Gngo.dpuf
"...Degas’s photographic figure studies, portraits of friends and family, and self-portraits—especially those in which lamp-lit figures emerge from darkness—are imbued with a Symbolist spirit evocative of realms more psychological than physical. Most were made in the evenings, when Degas transformed dinner parties into photographic soirees, requisitioning the living rooms of his friends, arranging oil lamps, and directing the poses of dinner guests enlisted as models.... https://articulosparapensar.wordpress.com/2013/07/21/edgar-degas-photographer/