Wall Street Journal, Life and Culture, by Sarah Gold
Edgar Degas’s Creole Compound in New Orleans
Few Degas fans know that the French artist had roots in New Orleans—his mother came from a French-Creole family—or that he spent most of 1872 in the city. The Impressionist’s former family home is now a B&B. Two of Degas’s grandnieces offer guided tours of the property and surrounding Esplanade Ridge neighborhood. Reproductions of Degas drawings, paintings and sculptures—including the 18 works he created while living in New Orleans—are displayed in the house. And the nine bedrooms are decorated in historically accurate style, with brass chandeliers, velvet settees and four-poster beds. The third-floor garret rooms are even stocked with pastels and drawing pads.
Experience a true masterpiece! Degas House is a restored historic property on majestic Esplanade Avenue, with romantic courtyard, balconies and suites. Available for weddings, receptions and special events. Their Edgar Degas House Creole Impressionist Tour is held twice daily.