Although Degas was often considered an Impressionist, because he had a loose association with them, he did not consider himself so. He was born into a relatively wealthy family and had conservative social attitudes.
His work constantly evolved and he was influenced by a diversity of styles including prints from Japan. He was also known as a painter of dancers. Degas painted ordinary scenes in working class life and horse racecourses and jockeys.
I have a confession: if you gave me a choice between being an influential political leader/activist and an artist with actual talent I would choose to be an artist. Not the sort of thing one should admit on a progressive political blog, huh? But it is early and quiet and nobody is listening.
I just like this song. It is early morningish….
Please don’t rec pony party. Hang out, chit chat and then go read some of the excellent offerings on our recent and rec’d list.