The family tomb of French artist Edgar Degas. Most people do not know that Degas mother Célestine Musson De Gas, was a Creole from New Orleans. In 1872 Degas began an 5 month extended stay in New Orleans, Louisiana, where his brother René and a number of other relatives lived. Staying at the home of his Creole uncle, Michel Musson, on Esplanade Avenue. Degas created 18 paintings, 4 drawings and 5 letters while in New Orleans. One of Degas's New Orleans works, A Cotton Office in New Orleans, garnered favorable attention back in France, and was his only work purchased by a museum (the Pau) during his lifetime. — at Cimetière de Montmartre.
Friday, August 15, 2014
The tomb of French Creole Alexandre Dumas, fils French writer and dramatist, best known for Camille (a.k.a. The Lady of the Camellias). He was the son of Alexandre Dumas, père, also a writer and playwright. Dumas' grandfather (general Thomas-Alexandre Davy de la Pailleterie) was born in Saint-Domingue (present-day Haiti) to a French nobleman and an enslaved African woman. His father's aristocratic rank helped young Alexandre acquire work with Louis-Philippe, Duke of Orléans.