Degas, Degas, c’est magnifique, n’est-ce pas?
Vive la France! Vive la danse!
Degas painted many scenes of the ballet dance
He captured the dancers’ form and their stance
Concentrated on the body’s lines, movements, and natural pose
Sometimes relaxed, sometimes on toes
Striving for balance and composition
He sculpted ballerinas in fourth position
Molding figures in wax and clay
He painted in a somewhat impressionistic way
But his style was uniquely his own
Inspired by Italian masters and Japanese tone
So he could better create he lived alone
Though friends included Cassatt, Manet, Van Gogh, and Monet
Whom he influenced by his racetracks, circuses, theatre, and ballet
Degas, Degas, c’est magifique, n’est-ce pas?