After Bathing, Woman Drying Herself (1888 – 1892) by Edgar Degas

After Bathing, Woman Drying Herself - Edgar Degas - 1888 - 1892

Artwork Information

TitleAfter Bathing, Woman Drying Herself
ArtistEdgar Degas
Date1888 - 1892
Dimensions47 x 60.3 cm
Art MovementImpressionism
Current LocationPrivate Collection

About After Bathing, Woman Drying Herself

The artwork “After Bathing, Woman Drying Herself” is a creation by the artist Edgar Degas, dating from the period between 1888 and 1892. Degas employed pastel as the medium for this piece, which is a testament to his association with the Impressionist movement. The artwork, which is a nude painting, measures 47 by 60.3 centimeters and is currently held in a private collection.

The artwork enthusiastically captures a private moment—presumably a routine task of a woman drying herself after a bath. The figure is presented with her back to the viewer, bending forward in a manner that emphasizes the curves of her back and the muscles of her arms. Degas’s use of pastel has imparted a soft yet dynamic quality to the scene, with loose, vigorous strokes that give it a sense of immediacy and movement. The color palette consists predominantly of warm, earthy tones, which imbues the scene with a natural, organic atmosphere. Contrasting colors emphasize the form and add vivacity to the composition. The woman’s head is turned away, adding to the sense of an unguarded moment captured by the artist. The impressionistic application of the medium, along with the snapshot-like composition, are quintessential of Degas’s innovative approach and his interest in depicting the human figure in everyday situations.

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