Degas reached international success in his own lifetime when his painting Danseuses a la barre sold for half a million francs at Durand-Ruel in 1912. But his blindness became disabling that year, and he stopped painting. When he died in 1917, Degas was acclaimed as a French national treasure.After Degas’ death, followers were shocked to find over a thousand previously unknown original paintings, pastels, prints and drawings. More than half of them were of dancers. Degas also acquired a massive collection of old master and modern artists, some five thousand prints and five hundred paintings by artists like El Greco, Ingres, Daumier, and Manet. His estate was distributed in a series of sales over several years.