Known as the “Great Bear” of Paris, Edgar Degas was witty, urbane, chauvinistic, and misogynistic. He was an aristocrat who detested aristocrats, especially female aristocrats. He became known for painting ballerinas, “those little rats”. But also known for the use of dramatic diagonals, dynamic,
off-centered compositions, and for elevating the humble pastel into the realm of fine art. His many contributions to the revolution that would be called Impressionism would help to change the art
world forever. 


L’etoile [La danseuse sur la scene] (The Star [Dancer on Stage]) by Edgar Degas, 1878