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.