degas was born to an aristocratic family, unusually supportive of his desire to paint.
degas is perhaps best known for his pastels, paintings and sculptures of the theater, and of ballerinas in particular.
degas also introduced her to etching, of which he was a recognized master.
British Dictionary definitions for degas
verb -gases, -gasses, -gassing, -gassed
(transitive) to remove gas from (a container, vacuum tube, liquid, adsorbent, etc)
(intransitive) to lose adsorbed or absorbed gas by desorption
/ˈdeɪɡɑː; French dəɡɑ/
Hilaire Germain Edgar (ilɛr ʒɛrmɛ̃ ɛdɡar). 1834–1917, French impressionist painter and sculptor, noted for his brilliant draughtsmanship and ability to convey movement, esp in his studies of horse racing and ballet dancers