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Edgar Degas. His paintings of dancers shown backstage or in rehearsal emphasized their status as professionals doing a job. From 1870 Degas increasingly painted ballet subjects because they sold well and provided him with needed income after his brother's debts had left the family bankrupt.
Degas ~ The Little Fourteen-Year-Old Dancer; cast in 1922 from a mixed-media sculpture modeled ca. 1879–80 Edgar Degas (French, 1834–1917) Bronze, partly tinted, with cotton skirt and satin hair ribbon, on a wooden base
Female figure by Edgar Degas. It is interesting to compare the beautiful scumbled paint on the towel and carpet in this painting with some of Titian's late works. Like Titian Degas rubbed, wiped and scraped the paint as he applied it. The paint has a life all its own.
Though considered a member of the original core group of French Impressionists, Edgar Degas (Hilaire Germain Edgar Degas), always stood apart, both in his approach to painting, in which he considered himself a realist rather than an Impressionist, and in his emphasis on drawing.