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Edgar Degas
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Artist
    (July 19, 1834-September 27, 1917)
    Born in Paris, France
    Birth name was Hilaire Germain Edgar De Gas
    Known for his paintings and sculptures of dancers
    He bitterly rejected being included among the Impressionists.
    He mocked landscape artists for working outdoors.
    He believed an artist could have no social life and became increasingly isolated.
    During the Dreyfus Affair, he broke off relations with all his Jewish friends.
    His father had changed the family name to the more aristocratic 'De Gas,' but he changed it back to the original 'Degas.'
    He organized the first Impressionist exhibition.
    He suffered failing eyesight in his later years.
    Shortly before his death he told his friend, engraver Jean-Louis Forain, that if there had to be a eulogy at his funeral, 'You get up and say, 'He greatly loved drawing. So do I.' Then go home.'

Credit: C. Fishel


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