Includes Documentary, House and Neighborhood Walking Tour

"New Orleans Cotton Exchange" (Portraits in an Office), 1873 Musee des Beaux-Arts, marked the beginning of the official recognition of Impressionism as a significant art movement.

Edgar Degas House Creole Impressionist Tour

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Enjoy oak tree lined Esplanade Avenue and discover the story of the French Creoles, including Edgar Degas and his maternal family, hosted by the Great-Grand Nieces of the artist himself. This documented historical tour includes exploring both Degas houses and viewing the award winning documentary "Degas in New Orleans, a Creole Sojourn". Also included is the Creole Neighborhood of Edgar Degas Walking Tour, which explores references to the neighborhood included in Degas' New Orleans letters.

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Facts about Degas House

  • Degas House has been distinguished by The French Ministry of Culture and is included in the French National Order of Arts and Letters
  • It is listed on the National Register of Historic Places
  • Degas House is the only home or studio of Edgar Degas open to the public in the world
  • Degas' mother was a native Creole, born in New Orleans
  • Degas created 18 paintings, 4 drawings and 5 letters while in New Orleans

  • According to art historians and Degas scholars, all of Degas' New Orleans paintings were created in the house
  • "Portraits in an Office, the New Orleans Cotton Exchange" dipicts his uncle, Michel Musson's cotton office and is the only known painting of a post Civil War workplace. This is the only Degas painting sold to a museum during his lifetime.
  • Degas resided in Degas House (1872 – 1873) with his maternal relatives, the Musson Family, whose business was cotton.


Portrait of Mme Rene De Gas , Estelle Musson, 1872-73 New Orleans Museum of Art


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All day long I am among these dear folk, painting and drawing, making portraits of the family. - Edgar Degas, New Orleans, November 11, 1872