Edgar Degas Paintings

Contest Info

  • Started: 7/19/2010 11:15
  • Ended: 7/22/2010 17:00
  • Level: advanced
  • Entries: 16
  • Jackpot:
  • FN Advanced 1st Place $5
  • FN Advanced 2nd Place $3
  • FN Advanced 3rd Place $2
  • FN Advanced 4th Place $1
Edgar Degas Paintings
Contest Directions: This Monday is the 176th birthday of one of the most famous French artists - Edgar Degas. He is regarded as one of the founders of Impressionism, even though he more preferred to be called a realist. Degas started painting seriously very early in his life. Obsessed with painting, he turned his room into an artist studio by the age of 18. His father - a wealthy French banker - was originally against Edgar's love for art and wanted him to become a lawyer instead. At the age of 21, Degas dropped out of Law school and went to Italy for three years where he copied the works of Michelangelo, Raphael and Titian. Degas talent flourished under the guidance of his first teacher Jean Auguste Dominique Ingres, whose first advice to Edgar was "draw lines, young man, many lines..."
To celebrate the 176th birthday of Edgar Degas, show how his paintings would be different if he created them nowadays - e.g. including modern elements in his works, making them promote and endorse products and services, including celebrities and politicians in his art, hiring Degas to do movie posters, etc.

Contest Info

    • Started: 7/19/2010 11:15
    • Ended: 7/22/2010 17:00
    • Level: advanced
    • Entries: 16
    • Jackpot:
    • FN Advanced 1st Place $5
    • FN Advanced 2nd Place $3
    • FN Advanced 3rd Place $2
    • FN Advanced 4th Place $1
16 pictures
  • Danny Devito Teaching Ballet Class Painting

    Danny Devito Teaching Ballet Class Painting
  • Osama Bin Laden Having a Day at the Races

    Osama Bin Laden Having a Day at the Races
  • Degas Dance Hall Party

    Degas Dance Hall Party
  • The Modern Tub by Degas

    The Modern Tub by Degas
  • Barack Obama Playing Guitar in a Degas Painting

    Barack Obama Playing Guitar in a Degas Painting
  • Celebrity Orchestra in Degas Painting

    Celebrity Orchestra in Degas Painting
  • Woman in Degas Painting with Tattoos

    Woman in Degas Painting with Tattoos
  • Degas Woman in a Modern Bath Tub

    Degas Woman in a Modern Bath Tub
  • The Absinthe Drinker as Alka Seltzer Advert

    The Absinthe Drinker as Alka Seltzer Advert
  • Hillary Clinton and Osama Bin Laden Painting

    Hillary Clinton and Osama Bin Laden Painting
16 image entries
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This contest is fueled by the following news: Impressionists and Edgar Degas: In 1861, Degas met Édouard Manet, a friendship with whom lasted until the death of Manet. Being a man who was very influential among young artists, and the informal head of the Batinolskoy group, Manet introduced Degas to young painters, who later became known as Impressionists. In the few circles, which unite the artists, Degas had undoubtedly a high reputation for his manners, fine culture, courtesy, unique charisma, coupled with sharpness - all this made people respect him more. Edgar Degas, along with Édouard Manet, pulled together a general aversion for the academic salon arts. Degas was more interested in modern life in all its manifestations than forced subjects of paintings, exhibited in salons. He even did not accept the aspirations of impressionists to work in the open air, preferring the world of theatre, opera and café chantant. Moreover, he did not love the open air, considering that the attention dissipates in air and unconditionally preferred the studio environment. Since Degas's style was based on fine drawing, his paintings possessed image precision, absolutely atypical for impressionism. By maintaining fairly conservative views both in the area of politics and in his personal life, Degas was extremely resourceful in finding new motifs for his paintings using unexpected perspectives and pre-assembled layouts ("Miss La La at Circus Fernando", 1879, National Gallery, London). "Captured Moments" – this is how one could express several works of Edgar Degas. This is his deep inner affinity with Impressionists. All of them were poets of a thrilling, mobile world and everyone knew life as a constant movement. If the landscape painters perceived this through movement of air, light, change of time in a day and year, through the permanent rotation of nature, then Degas sought to convey the living essence of the world through the movement of people. In France, the1860s were marked by the satiety of young progressive intellectuals of the bourgeois foundations of Napoleon III's Empire. A new wave of artists broke the traditional concept about art, about subjects and the characters of paintings, introducing simple scenes from the life of Napoleon's France. The style and intensity of their work was very close to the works of Edgar Degas. He, however, unlike the Impressionists, was more of a social artist, deviating from the traditions of classicism and the romanticism of the old painting schools in France; he paid more attention not towards abstract images of everyday modern life but on topics, related to the everyday, often the arduous toil of his contemporaries. Impressionists gave more attention to light (here, we can discuss the paintings of Manet and Monet), whereas Edgar Degas, paid more attention to movement. Even some success of the historical paintings of Degas "The Suffering of the City of Orleans" (1865) have not forced the artist to deviate from the conscious desire to depict contemporary life in his new, somewhat revolutionary manner of those times. Critics often agree that, despite the reluctance of Degas (unlike Impressionists) to work in the open air, principally their creative works, in general, are very similar, which makes it possible to rank Edgar Degas in the Impressionist's circle. Thus, Degas himself rejected the term "impressionism" and also some of the creativity principles of artists and innovators and by the end of his life, distanced himself from their society. It remains to recall that categorization of paintings as well as painters according to style, was always conditional. Trends and styles, as a rule, are accidental, manifested and allotted spontaneously and very little is talked about the phenomenon of art that it is called. Rather, it is about a general tendency during the period, which is expressed by each artist individually and uniquely. Franc-Prussian War: In 1870, the wave of the Franco-Prussian War reached Paris. Just as Manet, Degas joined the army as a volunteer. He served in the infantry and artillery. Degas joined the infantry regiment as a volunteer but it was discovered during the first firing that, the artist has poor vision with his right eye - it was the beginning of a disease, which turned into complete blindness by the end of his life. Because of poor eyesight, Degas was transferred to the artillery regiment. 1870s and exhibitions of Impressionists: After the war, Degas visited the UK and U.S., where his maternal relatives lived. In 1871, when the war ended, the artist made a short trip to London and in the winters of 1872-1873, Degas spent several months in New Orleans with his American relatives. One of his cousins sisters, Estelle Musson was blind and Degas had a special liking to her, already anticipating that he might soon lose his sight. In 1873 he returned to Paris. He had to face hard times: his father died leaving behind huge debts. According to other sources, the debts were a result of failed trading on the American Stock Exchange by the brothers Degas, who inherited their uncle's brokering office. With a desire to maintain the family reputation, Degas had paid-off the debts from the money he inherited, but that was not sufficient. He not only had to sell his house and a collection of Old Master paintings, collected by his father, but also, for the first time, think of selling his own work. His friendships with Impressionists came in handy - Degas participated in almost all their exhibitions from 1874 onwards.