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Edgar Degas

Self-portrait (Degas au porte-fusain), 1855
Born Hilaire-Germain-Edgar De Gas
(1834-07-19)19 July 1834
Paris, France
Died 27 September 1917(1917-09-27) (aged 83)
Paris, France
Nationality French
Known for Painting, sculpture, drawing
Notable work The Bellelli Family (1858–1867)
Woman with Chrysanthemums (1865)
Chanteuse de Café (c.1878)
At the Milliner’s (1882)
Movement Impressionism

Only when he no longer knows what he is doing does the painter do good things.
Edgar Degas
It is all very well to copy what one sees, but it is far better to draw what one now only sees in one's memory. That is a transformation in which imagination collaborates with memory.
Edgar Degas
Art is not what you see, but what you make others see.
No art is less spontaneous than mine. What I do is the result of reflection and the study of the great masters.
Edgar Degas
In painting you must give the idea of the true by means of the false.
What a delightful thing is the conversation of specialists! One understands absolutely nothing and it's charming.
Edgar Degas
Everyone has talent at twenty-five. The difficulty is to have it at fifty.
Painting is easy when you don't know how, but very difficult when you do.
Edgar Degas
One must do the same subject over again ten times, a hundred times. In art nothing must resemble an accident, not even movement.
Edgar Degas