NEW ORLEANS (press release) – If you are a fan of impressionist artwork, a tremendous honor was presented to a house in New Orleans. The Degas House received the Maisons des Illustres (may-sawn D Loose) or Houses of the Famous official marker from French Ambassador to the United States, Philippe Etienne (en-t-en). The Degas House is the only surviving past home and studio of the French Impressionist who completed 18 paintings, 4 drawings, and 3 letters at this location. A number of dignitaries from New Orleans, France, and around the world attended an event of over 250 people.
Founder and Chevalier, David Villarrubia (villa-roo-b-ah) accepted the marker from the French Ambassador. “I’m really moved that during this visit we have this celebration of a great artist who has played a very, very important role in the history of painting and art but also someone who embodies the links, the best friendship that we can imagine between the US and France, between Louisiana and France and between New Orleans and France. It’s a great honor to be here today to present this marker”, said Etienne.
The ceremony also celebrated Bastille Day and Edgar Degas’ 185th Birthday.
The “Maisons des Illustres” network includes the homes of writers, musicians and composers, actors, scientists, designers and world leaders, such as Monet, Renoir, Cezanne, Napoleon, Cartier, Yves Saint Laurent, Marie Curie and Jeanne d’ Arc, among many others.
Of the 236 “Maisons des Illustres” properties in the network, Degas House is only the second home in the United States to be recognized with this distinction, and only the fourth outside of the French territories.”