Top Ten Paintings by Edgar Degas

Top Ten Paintings by Edgar Degas

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       Born Edgar Hilaire Germain de Gas in Paris, France, he was the oldest of five children. Madame de Gas belonged to a French family that settled in America. Degas was fond of his mother and her death in 1847 was a deep personal tragedy for Degas. His father, a banker, encouraged his son’s artistic inclination. He received a classical education at Lycee Louis-le-Grand from 1845 to 1852.

  1. Blue Dancers (1890)

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  2. Four Dancers (1899)

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  3. The Entrance of the Masked Dancers (1879)

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  4. The Star (1871)

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  5. Dancers in the Wings (1880)

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  6. Musicians in the Orchestra (1872)

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  7. Two Dancers on the Stage (1874)

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  8. Ballet Rehearsal (1875)

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  9. Dancers Practicing at the Bar (1876)

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  10. The Rehearsal (1873)

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  11. The Dance Foyer at the Opera (1874)

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  12. The Dance Lesson (1879)

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  13. Dance Class (1871)

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  14. Dance School (1874)

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  15. Dancer at the Photographers (1870)

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  16. Dancing Class (1874)

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  17. Bonus: Little Dancer of Fourteen Years (1881)

    Bronze, yellow wax, hair, ribbon, linen bodice, satin shoes, muslin tutu, wood base height 97 cm “La Petite Danseuse de Quatorze Ans” (“Little Dancer of Fourteen Years”), c. 1881, is a sculpture by Edgar Degas of a young dance student named Marie van Goethem. The sculpture was first cast in plaster before it was cast in 1922 in bronze. “Little Dancer of Fourteen Years” is made from wax, an unusual choice of material for a sculpture of this time, dressed in a cotton skirt with a hair ribbon, sitting on a wooden base. The relationship between Marie van Goethem and Edgar Degas is one of debate. It was usual in 1880 for the ‘Petits Rats’ of the Opera of Paris to seek protectors from among the wealthy visitors at the back door of the opera. When the “La Petite Danseuse de Quatorze Ans” was shown in Paris at the Sixth Impressionist Exhibition of 1881, it received mixed reviews. The majority of critics where shocked by the piece. They thought it was ugly, that it looked like a medical specimen, in part because Degas exhibited it inside a glass case. Some considered the head and face grotesque and primitive. One copy of “La Petite Danseuse de Quatorze Ans” is currently owned by the creator and owner of Auto Trader, John Madejski. He stated that he bought the sculpture by accident. The original wax model was sold for $12,377,500 to François Pinault at Sotheby’s in November 1999.
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  18. Aria after the Ballet (1879)

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  19. Orchestra at the Opera House (1870)

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  20. Three Ballet Dancers, One with Dark Crimson Waist

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  21. The Rape (1869)

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  22. Ballet Rehearsal on Stage (1874)

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  23. Woman Combing Her Hair (1886)

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  24. Spartan Girls Challenging Boys (1862)

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  25. The Absinthe Drinker (1876)

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  26. Aux Courses en Province (1872)

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  27. Place de la Concorde (1875)

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  28. At the Stock Exchange (1879)
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  29. Bad Mood (1871)

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  30. At the Beach (1876)

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  31. Dancers in the Old Opera House (1877)

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  32. Gentlemen Jockeys Before Start (1862)

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