After Bathing, Woman Drying Herself (c.1900 – c.1905) by Edgar Degas

After Bathing, Woman Drying Herself - Edgar Degas - c.1900 - c.1905

Artwork Information

TitleAfter Bathing, Woman Drying Herself
ArtistEdgar Degas
Datec.1900 - c.1905
Art MovementImpressionism
Current LocationPrivate Collection

About After Bathing, Woman Drying Herself

The artwork “After Bathing, Woman Drying Herself” is a creation by Edgar Degas, dating from approximately 1900 to 1905. This work employs charcoal as its medium and is a representation within the genre of nude painting (nu). Degas’ piece is categorized under the Impressionist art movement and is currently held in a private collection.

The artwork itself captures a solitary woman in the intimate act of drying herself after a bath. Her posture is one of deep inward focus, and the viewer is presented with a view from behind, emphasizing the natural curves of her back and legs. There is a remarkable fluidity to the charcoal lines, which convey not just the form but also the softness of the woman’s skin. Degas’ skillful use of shadow and light brings out the three-dimensional quality of the figure against the more loosely defined background, imbuing the scene with a sense of immediacy and tactile presence. The color palette is restrained, with earthy tones that suggest a warm and subdued atmosphere.

The composition reflects Degas’ renown for capturing movement and the human form, offering a glimpse into the quiet and private moments of daily life. There is a certain rawness and truthfulness to this sparsely adorned depiction, which reflects the Impressionist preoccupation with real-life situations and the transitory nature of light and shadow.

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