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French Edgar DEGAS

born Hilaire Germain Edgar DE GAS

French artist famous for his paintings, sculptures, prints, and drawings

Source :  Alain VIELLE

Born: on July 19, 1834 in Paris, France
Died: on September 27, 1917 in Paris, France


Degas was born in Paris, France, into a moderately wealthy family. He was the oldest of five children of Célestine Musson De Gas, a Creole from New Orleans, Louisiana, and Augustin De Gas, a banker. His maternal grandfather Germain Musson, was born in Port-au-Prince, Haiti of French descent and had settled in New Orleans in 1810. Degas (he adopted this less grandiose spelling of his family name when he became an adult) began his schooling at age eleven, enrolling in the Lycée Louis-le-Grand. His mother died when he was thirteen, and his father and grandfather became the main influences on him for the remainder of his youth.

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