Original Limited Series
Based on true events in the early life of Edgar Degas
Edgar Degas, the impressionist painter, the son of Celestine Musson an American belle of New Orleans and Auguste de Gas, a hot blooded Italian aristocrat, left France with his younger brother, René to see America for the first and only time in 1872. While in New Orleans Degas’s life is changed forever when he falls in love with his sister-in-law, Estelle.
Neglected by his brother who is too busy having affairs with a married neighbor and a black woman from the French Quarter, Estelle turns to Edgar for friendship. His niece, Desiree, also attaches to the gentle Uncle Edgar and the three become their own “adopted” family. Desiree’s love for ballet, the new form from Russia, charms Degas who begins to do drawings of the classes..
Tragic and dramatic events unfold when eventually everything come to a head. Degas leaves New Orleans alone and broken hearted. The loss of Estelle will form Degas’ style and subjects for the rest of his life.