Hall of the Opera Ballet in the Rue Peletier by Edgar Degas
About Edgar Degas
Degas was born in Paris, France, the eldest of five children of C�lestine Musson De Gas and Augustin De Gas, a banker. The family was moderately wealthy. Degas is often identified as an Impressionist, an understandable but insufficient description. Impressionism originated in the 1860s and 1870s and grew, in part, from the realism of such painters as Courbet and Corot.