The Cover Section Editor: M. Therese Southgate,
MD, Senior Contributing Editor
Born in Paris into a wealthy and aristocratic family with international
banking and business connections, Edgar Degas (1834-1917) was a law student
turned art student. As early as 1853, when he was still studying law at the
Sorbonne, he began copying paintings at the Louvre, concentrating on 15th-
and 16th-century Italian paintings. A year later he entered the studio of
Louis Lamothe, a former pupil of Ingres, who, like his master, emphasized
line. At 21, with his father's encouragement, Degas entered the École
des Beaux Arts. His studies there only strengthened his feeling for line and
drawing. His preference for the classical tradition, even during his later
association with the Impressionists, would remain evident throughout his life.
Southgate MT. Edmondo and Thérèse Morbilli. JAMA. 2000;284(22):2839. doi:10.1001/jama.284.22.2839
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