After the Bath (c.1900 – c.1910) by Edgar Degas

After the Bath - Edgar Degas - c.1900 - c.1910

Artwork Information

TitleAfter the Bath
ArtistEdgar Degas
Datec.1900 - c.1910
Art MovementImpressionism

About After the Bath

The artwork “After the Bath” is a pastel creation by the esteemed artist Edgar Degas, which he crafted approximately between 1900 and 1910. As part of the Impressionism movement, Degas brings forth a genre of artistry known as nude painting (nu), where the human form is celebrated in its most elemental state.

The composition of the artwork captures an intimate moment post-ablution, the figure‚Äôs contours softly blending into the surroundings with gentle, hazy strokes that are characteristic of the Impressionist style. Degas demonstrates a masterful employment of pastels, using them to create contrast and depth, striking an intricate balance between light and shadow. The subject’s pose is natural and uncontrived, lending a sense of tranquility and privacy to the scene. The overall effect is one of both realism and idealization, a testament to Degas’s skill in encapsulating the ephemeral beauty of everyday life.

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