Between 1872 and 1873, the painter Edgar Degas called New Orleans, Louisiana his home. He was visiting his maternal relatives; his mother and grandmother were both born in New Orleans. In 1993, the Degas Foundation purchased the house Degas lived and worked in, and it's been turned into a bed and breakfast as well as a Degas museum.
During his time in New Orleans, Degas painted several iconic images, including Portraits in a New Orleans Cotton Office, which shows his uncle in the foreground, checking the cotton. This painting was shown in the second exhibition held by the Impressionists in 1876. A museum purchased the Degas painting in 1878, making it the first Degas painting purchased by a museum.
As part of its mission, the Degas Foundation works to educate the public about the works Degas produced during his time in New Orleans. They hold painting classes at the Degas House, and encourage art students to visit to learn more about Degas and how he worked. A relative of Degas also provided guided tours, upon request.
The Degas House is also a bed-and-breakfast facility, featuring state-of-the-art amenities such as WiFi access and flat-screen televisions. Guests are served a Creole breakfast each morning, and can walk 11 blocks to the famous New Orleans French Quarter for evening entertainment. Rooms are named after different relatives of Edgar Degas, and each room contains an oil painting reproduction of a famous painting by Degas.
It is this last detail we find the most intriguing. After all, our business is to provide oil painting reproductions at a reasonable price. We're pleased that a high-quality, stately bed-and-breakfast that is designed to serve clients who are artists themselves would consider oil painting reproductions apt choices for room décor. Why not emulate the taste and class of the Degas House by purchasing your own oil painting reproduction? We have many paintings by Degas available for you to choose from, and we think they'll add class and distinction to any decorating scheme. If you're thinking of visiting the Degas House, don't let fears of damage from Hurricane Katrina sway you. According to a report put out by the Heritage Foundation, the Degas House suffered only minor damage in Katrina, including broken windows and rattled ductwork. This has been repaired by now, and the Degas House is ready for your visit.