Though Edgar Degas participated in seven of the eight Impressionist Exhibitions, he never had much respect for Impressionism or the Impressionist artists; he preferred line and contour skills over color effects, urban scenes over pastoral ones, and studio painting over air adventures.
The group was scoffingly called “the Impressionists”, and the name stuck. Degas continued exhibiting with the Impressionists, and staunchly sharing the criticism that came their way, but their mutual relations were not easy. Degas had never been a group person, and he considered himself to have his own special style. While he had certainly began using bolder strokes and brighter colors since their association, he was scathing about almost all their ideas, insistent on his own, and was prone to a rather acerbic wit to get his opinions across.
“Monet’s pictures are always too drafty for me,” he announced.
1. The Belleli Family (1859)
2. Head of a Young Woman (1867)
3. Estelle Musson (1872-1873)
4. A Carriage at the Races (1873)
5. Absinthe (1876)
6. Dancers Practicing at the Bar (1877)
7. Diego Martelli (1879)
8. Ballerina and Lady with Fan (1885)