After Bathing, Woman Drying Herself (c.1895 – c.1905) by Edgar Degas

After Bathing, Woman Drying Herself - Edgar Degas - c.1895 - c.1905

Artwork Information

TitleAfter Bathing, Woman Drying Herself
ArtistEdgar Degas
Datec.1895 - c.1905
Art MovementImpressionism
Current LocationStaatsgalerie Stuttgart, Stuttgart, Germany

About After Bathing, Woman Drying Herself

The artwork “After Bathing, Woman Drying Herself” is a creation of the artist Edgar Degas, dating back to the period approximately between 1895 and 1905. This piece is executed in pastel, characteristic of Degas’s work later in his career. It belongs to the Impressionist art movement, which is denoted by its focus on capturing moments and the effects of light. This particular artwork falls under the genre of nude painting (nu) and is presently housed at the Staatsgalerie Stuttgart, located in Stuttgart, Germany.

Observing the artwork, one can discern the intimate scene of a woman drying herself after bathing. Degas’s use of pastels allows for soft yet vibrant rendering of the scene, with a dynamic interplay between light and shadow. The composition captures the naturalistic form of the female figure, with an emphasis on her bent posture, as she reaches towards her back, possibly drying or attending to her hair. The strokes are expressive and suggest movement, while the warm, earthy tones give the piece an almost ethereal glow. The artist’s focus on everyday, mundane activities, and his ability to elevate them to the status of fine art is evident in this piece. Degas often explored the theme of women in private, introspective moments, effectively conveying the delicacy of such instances through his art.

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