Edgar Degas, born on July 19, 1834, in Paris, France, an early starter in painting abandoned law school to pursue his passion. This led to Degas becoming one of the leading figures of the Impressionist movement.
Following setting up a studio at home, he excelled in historical paintings and copying famous artworks. He explored various mediums and was innovative in his use of composition and light, challenging traditional artistic conventions.
Degas became involved with the Impressionists and participated in most Impressionist Exhibitions, but he considered himself different from the group. He criticized their techniques, self-promotion, and preference for outdoor painting, which he never engaged in himself.
Degas ceased painting in 1912 and spent his final years almost blind, wandering the streets of Paris. He passed away in 1917. Many of his artworks, never intended for public viewing, were discovered posthumously.