|Portrait of the Bellelli Family,|
1858-67, Degar Degas
Tuesday, December 21, 2010
The Bellelli Family
There's little doubt that the greatest gift an artist can possess is talent. The second greatest gift an artist can have is a rich father. That means the talent need not be harnessed by such mundane tasks as earning one's room and board. And so long as the family ties remain strong and the artist remains in the good graces of the patriarch, that artist can happily paint about whatever he likes. That was certainly the case with Edgar Degas. Until he was forty, when his banker father died, the man never worked a day in his life, at any thing other than his art anyway. And by that time, his name and career were on the verge of becoming well established in the artistic circle of the Impressionists meaning he could count himself a professional artist and continue his low-keyed, solitary lifestyle undisturbed.
Posted by Jim Lane at 12:01 AM