Before the Mirror Framed Degas Wall Art. Before the Mirror was created by Edgar Degas around 1885 using pastels in an impressionism style. Edgar Degas (1834-1917) was a French artist who achieved notoriety for his sculptures, drawings, paintings and prints. More than half of this amazing artists body of work featured dancers. Widely recognised as one of the founding fathers of Impressionism, Degas rejected this terminology preferring to be referred to as a realist.