After the Bath, Woman Drying Herself (1892) by Edgar Degas

After the Bath, Woman Drying Herself - Edgar Degas - 1892

Artwork Information

TitleAfter the Bath, Woman Drying Herself
ArtistEdgar Degas
Dimensions104 x 99 cm
Art MovementImpressionism
Current LocationNational Gallery, London, UK

About After the Bath, Woman Drying Herself

“After the Bath, Woman Drying Herself” is a work by the renowned artist Edgar Degas, created in the year 1892. This art piece is crafted using the medium of pastel and belongs to the Impressionist movement, a genre that often captures moments of modern life with a fleeting, almost ethereal quality. The artwork’s dimensions are 104 x 99 cm. It is categorized as a nude painting (nu), a genre that typically explores the human form in its most elemental state. Presently, this artwork is housed at the National Gallery in London, United Kingdom.

In the artwork, we observe a woman engaged in the intimate act of drying herself following a bath. The subject’s body is contorted in a dynamic, realistic posture that focuses on movement rather than idealized beauty. Degas’s use of pastels allows for a rich interplay of colors and textures, with bold strokes and a harmonious color palette conveying the softness of the flesh and the fabrics that surround the subject. The composition divides the space between the figure and the background with an astute balance, creating a sense of depth and intimacy. The subject’s identity is obscured, which is emblematic of Degas’s approach to capturing fleeting moments rather than conveying a narrative, thereby emphasizing the form and movement over individual characteristics.

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