French Realist/Impressionist Painter and Sculptor, 1834-1917
French painter, draughtsman, printmaker, sculptor, pastellist, photographer and collector. He was a founder-member of the Impressionist group and the leader within it of the Realist tendency. He organized several of the group exhibitions, but after 1886 he showed his works very rarely and largely withdrew from the Parisian art world. As he was sufficiently wealthy, he was not constricted by the need to sell his work, and even his late pieces retain a vigour and a power to shock that is lacking in the contemporary productions of his Impressionist colleagues.
"The Rehearsal," oil on canvas, by the French artist Edgar Degas. 18 in. x 23 5/8 in. Harvard Art Museum/Fogg Museum, gift of Maurice Wertheim, class of 1906. Courtesy of the President and Fellows of Harvard College.