Edgard Degas is an iconic French painter and sculptor. The artist was known for his pastel paintings and sculptures. His works included many of French society's great qualities including the bourgeoisie and the aristocracy. However, he also depicted the working class. His style was self-taught. Degas work shows the influence of the impressionist movement. This movement was influenced by the work of Claude Monet, who was a primary influence on Edgard Degas.