Edgar Degas was born into a fairly wealthy family. For certain reasons, he was forced to sell his property in order to pay all his father's debts. Edgar was the eldest child from a large family. The boy showed an interest in drawing since childhood, his father encouraged him in every possible way. Degas loved clear contours in painting. After repeated visits to Italy, Degas painted a series of portraits of his family. For many years, the portrait was his favorite genre. In the 1860s, he became interested in horse racing and again began to paint with scenes of modern life.
With the outbreak of the Franco-Prussian War, he goes to the front as a volunteer. However, during the shooting, it was discovered that the artist has poor eyesight - a disease begins, due to which he subsequently becomes practically blind.
When the artist began to see worse, he began to gradually switch from oil to pastels. Over time, Edgar completely switched to sculpture. In this form of art, he relied more on touch, rather than on sight. It is believed that during his life Degas made only three plaster figures. The themes of his sculptures were repeated - these were the themes of his paintings: dancers, jumping jockeys, bathers. The original material for modeling was clay. Unfortunately, he understood that it took a long time to work on the sculpture, so he had to switch to other materials - wax and plasticine.
After his death, almost one and a half hundred works from wax, clay and plasticine were discovered in the workshop. Over time, all of his works were translated into bronze.