Degas in New Orleans
A book of narrative non-fiction
Read the Cultural Services of the French Embasy in the US interview with Rosary O'Neill about "Degas in New Orleans" by Meagen Moreland-Taliancich
"Playwright Rosary O'Neill, is proud to be a seventh generation, bilingual, New Orleanian. Though she now lives and works in New York City, she maintains a soft-spot for people who were associated with Louisiana, such as the famous voodoo witch Marie Laveau. At present, Rosary is working on a project involving the famed French Impressionist artist Edgar Degas, who visited New Orleans in 1872.
Recently, Rosary O’Neill took the time to speak to the Consulate General of France in Louisiana about her experiences working on “Degas in New Orleans” and being a writer in general."
book of historical fiction is based on a true story of the celebrated painter Edgar Degasí
illustrious visit to New Orleans in 1872. The book of narrative fiction takes place in the
home of the Degas family at 2306 Esplanade Avenue , a two-story house
in which 18 members of the Degas family live and eke out a mediocre
bankrupt existence after the Civil War. Edgar Degas arrives to salvage
his brotherís cotton business and to reclaim his family life in the
maternal city of his mother. What he confronts is the scandal of what
has happened to his three cousins (Didi, Mathilde, and Estelle), the
continued racism that has blemished his family (ostracizing his black
cousin Norbert), the bankruptcy of his uncle (Michel Musson), the
bigamous affair of his brother with his next-door neighbor (America)
in his own house, and the rekindling of a passionate illicit affair.
The story exposes the scandalous encounter between Edgar Degas and his
brother, a scandal that kept them from speaking for ten years and led
Degas to return to Paris with a new direction in his work, soon after
known as Impressionism.
Portrait of Estelle
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