Character

Throughout his life, Degas was known for his insightful, yet cutting, wit—and somewhat morose nature. He never married nor was known to have romantic affairs. Degas did develop a close relationship with the American artist Mary Cassatt. This association proved mutually beneficial. Degas assisted Cassatt in developing her art. Cassatt helped to introduce Degas’ artwork to the American market. Degas’ anti-Semitic views expressed during the late nineteenth-century Dreyfus affair made him unpopular with many of his colleagues.

Edgar Degas, Danseuses á la barre (Dancers at the Barre), 1877

Edgar Degas, Danseuses á la barre (Dancers at the Barre), 1877, oil on canvas, 75.6 x 81.3 cm, Metropolitan Museum of Art