Edgar Degas (France, 1834 - 1917) unframed mixed media portraying a ballerina at the barre, en tendu a derrier. signed to lower left "Degas", and measures 13-3/4" in height with 12". No paperwork of authentication accompanies this piece, however style & signature are representative of the artist's known works. Provenance: from the estate of a prominent Texas collector, known to not only to have collected quite an amazing assortment of notable art, but to have befriended a vast majority of the artists of whose work was acquired. In overall good condition, all measurements are approximate.
Hilaire-Germain-Edgar De Gas was born on July 19, 1834 . Famously known as Edgar Degas, he was a French artist famous for his paintings, sculptues, 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. At the beginning of his career, Degas wanted to be a history painter, a calling for which he was well prepared by his rigorous academic training and close study of classic art. In his early thirties, he changed course, and by bringing the traditional methods of a history painter to bear on contemporary subject matter, he became a classical painter of modern life. He died September 27, 1917.