Edgar Degas – The Ballet Class (1871 – 1874)

Compared to the other Impressionists, Edgar Degas was more of a traditionalist. The Frenchman didn’t paint en plein air, his color palette was subdued for much of his career and his spontaneity was painstakingly rehearsed. With a fascination for human anatomy reminiscent of Leonardo da Vinci, he would do countless studies for one single painting….

Othon Friesz – The Seine at Paris, Pont de Grenelle (1901)

A lifelong friend of painter Raoul Dufy, Othon Friesz (1879 – 1949) was a French artist best known for his work during the first half of his career when he embraced post-impressionism and, briefly, fauvism. He was born in Le Havre, but after moving to Paris at the end of the 19th century to continue his…