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Edgar Degas was born on July 19th, 1834 into an affluent Paris banking family. As a young man, he studied at the École des Beaux-Arts. While there, he developed the great drawing ability essential to his style. Originally painting classic academic subjects, Degas switched after 1865 to more of his age's contemporary themes. Degas is world-wide known as the great master of figures in movement, being a superb designer and a great innovator in the art of portrait. His works are currently celebrated for its composition, originallity and his unrivalled technique.

Although some critics of his time had early recognized the artistic qualities of that ‘bizarre’ young man, he only attained real success in the last years of his life, but the true acclaim came only after his death. This was mainly due to the fact that Degas, keeping aloof as he used, rarely showed his works.

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