Edgar Degas was one of the greatest draughtsmen of all time and he successfully bridged the gap between the old master tradition and modernity. He is best-known for his paintings of ballerinas and ballet, yet his real interest was not in the ballerinas themselves, but instead the movement of abstract forms and shapes and the colors’ graceful harmonies. He preferred working in pastel instead of oil and was also interested in sculpture as well as photography. Degas went almost completely blind by the end of his life, but never lost his astonishing color sensitivity.
Artist’s Quote: “Everyone can have a talent at 25. The difficulty is to have talent at 50!”
Key artwork: The Star 1876-77