About the Artist
Though he preferred to be called a realist, Edgar Degas (1834–1917) was one of the founders of Impressionism, an organizer of the group's exhibitions, and one of its most important core members. He shared with the impressionists an interest in modern life—in Paris' dance halls and cabarets, its racetracks, its opera and ballet stages. But his work was deliberate and controlled, painted in the studio from sketches, notes, and memory. In racehorses and ballet dancers he found the kind of movement that fascinated him most: not free and spontaneous, but precise and disciplined.
This charming set of nine magnets features the work of Edgar Degas. A master of drawing the human figure in motion, Degas is best known for his paintings, drawings, and bronzes of ballerinas. His paintings often show complex combinations of dancers in movement and at rest. To arrive at these scenes, Degas sketched from live models in his studio.