Edgar Degas helped to found and develop the Impressionist group of artist and their exhibitions.

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Edgar Degas helped to found and develop the Impressionist group of artist and their exhibitions. Though he helped to develop the group of Impressionist, he did not consider himself one; he referred to himself as a Realist or an independent artist. Degas preferred to paint scenes that were indoors and lit by artificial light rather than outdoor naturally light scenes. He used many different medium when making his art such as oil paints, bronze sculptures, engravings, photos, and sketches with pencil and pastels. Degas began his study of art by copying Italian Renaissance paintings that he saw in the Louvre. In 1850s, a tip that he took to Italy influenced him where he was many paintings and frescos that he did many sketches of. Degas…show more content…
They were both influenced by the world that was around them; they often used theatrical dancers and prostitutes for inspiration and subjects. Like Degas, Toulouse–Lautrec was also strongly influenced by Japanese prints; he used the layout and formatting of the ukiyo-e prints in his own prints. Toulouse–Lautrec mimicked many of the lines and areas of flat color of ukiyo-e prints in his prints (3). Degas did not focus on having solid lines; he would use many shorter lines to created contours that have more depth to them rather than continual flowing lines. His lines alone are not important, what is important is the shading that adds the dimension and tonal value to a piece. He is less interested in the contours and more interested in the way that the shadows create a more three dimensional space. His interest in shadows is seen in his use of pastels where the contours become the colored shading. When creating a composition Degas does not use classical centralized contained compositions, he often has partial figures that are cut off by the edge of the canvas and the center of the composition often contains unimportant information such as a doorframe or the edge of a table (4 absinth drinker). Many of the compositions that he creates are a study of movement; Degas is less interested in creating a story. Toulouse–Lautrec is most well known for many of his lithographs; in these lithographs, he uses specific lines to create simple suggestions of figures and

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