Degas told a dealer late in his life: “They call me the painter of dancers. It never occurred to them that my chief interest in dancers lies in rendering movement and painting pretty clothes.” Like many things Degas said, this is not the whole story. This three session class will begin with a look at ways in which Degas portrayed his family and friends in his early work. We will discuss dancers and other working women in his paintings, and look at questions raised by the nudes and sculptures in his later works. The three-session class will connect Degas’s works with the culture of the time and with the works of his compatriots.