Edgar Hilaire-Germain Degas, 1834-1917
The career of Edgar Degas was about 60 years. His style never ceased developing, always seeking out new means of expression and technique.
Hilaire Germain Edgar de Gas was born in Paris. He was educated at the lycée Louis-le-Grand, a famous school for the elite, where he received a classical education.
Despite his own desire to paint, Edgar Degas began to study Law, but discontinued his studies in 1853. In 1855 he entered the École des Beaux-Arts and began to study officially with Lamothe, an old pupil of Ingres. Degas set up studio in Paris in 1859, and painted several ambitious historical canvases.
By 1860 he had drawn over 700 copies of other works, mainly early Italian Renaissance and French classical art.