Apotheosis of Degas
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Edgar Germain Hilaire Degas, photographer; and Walter Barnes, photographer
French, France, 1885
Albumen print
3 1/4 x 3 3/4 in.

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One of Edgar Degas's earliest documented involvements with photography occurred in 1885, when he directed the creation of a parody of Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres's grand history painting, The Apotheosis of Homer, now in the Louvre Museum. A local photographer, Walter Barnes, made the negative and print, surely following Degas's explicit instructions. Entitled the Apotheosis of Degas, it is very much an aggrandized self-portrait of Degas.