Edgar Degas

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(1834-1917)

 

Born the son of a banker, Edgar Degas was quite possibly the most important painter of the impressionist style.

His career in art started as an art-copyist (someone who copies paintings) at the Louvre. He painted copies of works by artist from the Renaissance like Michelangelo, Titian, and Raphael.

He helped organize the Impressionist Exhibitions, which helped many of the other impressionist artist at the time sell their work such as Édouard Manet, Paul Cézanne, and Claude Monet.

He worked with paint, pastel, different types of sculpture and even photography!

We hope you enjoy learning about him!

 

Click here for a more detailed biography!

 

Fun Stuff:

Check out this fun color game!

Here’s an Edgar Degas word search!

Here’s a worksheet that’ll see how much you really know about this artist!

Match heads on portraits, and make your own art in this game!

Fight world hunger and learn about art at the same time!

Here’s a lesson on watercolor!

Here’s a printable coloring page of one of Degas’ ballerinas!

Here’s a crossword puzzle to see how much your students know about impressionism!

Check out Walker Art Center’s collection of educational resources.
Over 70 educational activities and units are currently included on this site. The activities are organized by grade and by subject.

 

 

 

Here’s a full length documentary on the life and works of Edgar Degas.

Parents, you might want to preview from the 19 minute mark to the 21 minute mark due to the rather “creepy” subject matter discussed in one of Degas paintings.

There are also some nudes throughout the documentary.

 

 

 

 

The Dance Class

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Oil on canvas.

c. 1874.

 

A large portion of Degas’ creative output was devoted to ballet dancers, here is one of his more famous paintings of a class and their teacher.

 

This piece is kept at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City. Click here to check out their website!

 

Here’s an awesome video analysis from Khan Academy!

 

 

 

 

The Bellelli Family

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Oil on canvas.

c. 1858-67.

 

This family portrait is of Degas’ aunt, uncle, and their children during a somewhat troubled time in their life, if you look close, you can see the tense dignity in the painting.

 

This piece is kept at the Musée d’Orsay in Paris, France. Click here to check out their website!

 

Here’s an awesome video analysis from Khan Academy!

 

 

 

 

At the Races in the Countryside

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Oil on canvas.

c. 1869.

 

Here Degas gives us a picture of a family, possibly on a holiday, at a horse race.

 

This piece is kept at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Click here to check out their website!

 

Here’s an awesome video analysis from Khan Academy!

 

 

 

 

Visit to a Museum

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Oil on canvas.

c. 1879-90.

 

Degas painted a whole series of women looking at art in museums, he did this because he wanted to catch the expression and feeling of the women viewing the art.

 

This piece is kept at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Click here to check out their website!

 

Here’s an awesome video analysis from Khan Academy!

 

 

 

 

At the Beach

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Oil paint on paper, mounted on canvas.

c. 1868-77. 

 

One of his more colorful paintings during this time, this was also the start of Degas obsession of putting hair combing in his works.

 

This piece is kept at the National Gallery, London. Click here to check out their website!

 

Here’s a full set of teacher notes and activities from the National Gallery of Art that can be used with this painting.

 

 

 

 

If you enjoy what you’ve learned so far, here’s the best place to purchase additional resources we couldn’t bring to you.

 

 

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