The Degas Tour is designed to portray the life of the Artist, and the day, during the Reconstruction Era after the Civil War. The centerpiece of your visit is the family home at 2306 Esplanade Avenue.

The Tour highlights two of the Artist's most famous works, Portraits in an Office: The New Orleans Cotton Exchange (1873, Musee des Beaux-Arts, Pau), the first Impressionist painting ever purchased by a museum, and Portrait of Mme Rene De Gas, nee Estelle Musson, 1872-73, New Orleans Museum of Art.


 
A Cotton Office in New Orleans
(Portraits in a Cotton Office), 1873, Musee des Beaux-Arts, Pau
 

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



The Degas House (circa 1852) is remarkable even in a city filled with history. Degas resided in this House (1872 - 1873) with his maternal relatives, the Musson Family, whose business was cotton. While he resided in the House, Degas created at least twenty-two works of art including the detailed scene of Michel Musson's office that was the first painting ever purchased by a museum (Portraits in an Office: The New Orleans Cotton Exchange, 1873, Musee des Beaux-Arts, Pau). This purchase marked the beginning of the official recognition of Impressionism as a significant art movement.

The Degas House is the only residence or studio of the French Impressionist Master, open to the public, anywhere in the World. Built during the original development of the Esplanade Ridge Neighborhood, the Degas House dates from the early 1850s. During these years, directly prior to the Civil War, the South experienced a boom in both wealth and population. New Orleans, in particular, thrived in this climate of affluence and became the fourth largest city in the United States. The city responded to the pressures of its increasing population by expanding its borders. Enterprising developers purchased plantations surrounding the city that soon became neighborhoods filled with large houses and spacious grounds. As the largely residential French Quarter filled with growing families, wealthy Creoles like the Musson Family began to occupy this newly available housing, and the Esplanade Ridge Neighborhood was born.


The Degas House was built in 1852 by architect and developer, Benjamin Rodriguez, who was a driving force behind the development of the Esplanade Ridge Neighborhood. He built this House as his home. Written accounts from the time testify to the Mansion's beauty. It was known as one of the most impressive residences in the area. The grounds occupied most of the entire block. The original Mansion was cut into two during the

1920s, and one wing was moved twenty feet to the side. Thus, the structure was reformed into two residences. An award winning restoration was completed on the main Degas House, and the second portion of the original Mansion was purchased and is currently being restored. This portion contains Degas' bedroom and studio.



Guided Tours are conducted by Appointment Only
.  Tour length is approximately one hour and includes the walking Tour entitled, The Creole Neighborhood of Edgar Degas.

All proceeds benefit the Edgar Degas Foundation whose educational mission is to restore the Home and preserve the legacy of Degas for New Orleans and the World.

Suggested donations are $10 for Adults, $8 for Senior Citizens and $5 for Children and Students. Arrangements for Groups may be made with advance notice and approval.

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Degas House (circa 1852)
2306 Esplanade Avenue
New Orleans, Louisiana 70119
504-821-5009
800-755-6730
edf@degashouse.com

The Edgar Degas Foundation's educational mission is to restore the Home and preserve the legacy of Degas for New Orleans and the World. edf@degashouse.com