Edgar Degas 19 July 1834 – 27 September 1917) was a French artist famous for his paintings, sculptures, prints, and drawings. He is especially identified with the subject of dance with more than half of his works depict dancers.. Considered one of the founders of Impressionism, a term he rejected preferring to be called a realist. Of his artistic versatility, one of his most famous sculptures is The Little Dancer of Fourteen Years (La Petite Danseuse de Quatorze Ans). Degas began seriously sculpting when he was in his early forties. This sculpture, of a young student of the Paris Opera Ballet dance school, is the only sculpture Degas chose to exhibit in his lifetime. The original sculpture was two-thirds life size and was originally sculpted in wax, which as an unusual choice of medium for the time. The dressings on each of the 28 bronze replicas that appear in museums and galleries around the world today vary from museum to museum.
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