The importance of the marker, as explained by David Villarrubia, Director/Founder of Degas House, is that Edgar Degas was a co-founder in the Impressionist Movement, who resided in this home from 1872-1873 with his maternal Creole Family. The French Impressionist Master was profoundly influenced by New Orleans, which ultimately led to the painter's unique style and technique, as he described himself, "Less complicated and more spontaneous, Better Art". (Edgar Degas, February 18th, 1873 New Orleans)
Mr. Villarrubia gave a brief history of Degas House. Dana Lafonta from the Department of Cultural Development and Councilman Jared Brossett also said a few words. Gregor Trumel, the Consul General of France, praised the work David Villarrubia and his staff have done at Degas House, and then he unveiled the new marker. Cousul General's Cultural Attache, Beatrice Germain, also attended.