Degas is known as an Impressionist mainly because he exhibited with the other artists of that group, showing in all but one of their eight group shows and playing a key role in their organisation.

Whilst he held a common interest in contemporary subject matter, he never adopted the out-of-doors practice of the other members of the Impressionist circle, and preparatory studies always played a part in his work.

Nonetheless, the brushwork of his paintings is as varied as Monet’s, although his attention to details and his focus on the human figure means that he has more in common with Renoir.

Degas was very interested in photography, taking his own photos from the 1880s.