After the Bath (Woman wiping her left foot) (1886) by Edgar Degas

After the Bath (Woman wiping her left foot) - Edgar Degas - 1886

Artwork Information

TitleAfter the Bath (Woman wiping her left foot)
ArtistEdgar Degas
Dimensions54.3 x 52.4 cm
Art MovementImpressionism
Current LocationMusée d'Orsay, Paris, France

About After the Bath (Woman wiping her left foot)

The artwork titled “After the Bath (Woman wiping her left foot)” is a pastel on cardboard created in 1886 by French Impressionist artist Edgar Degas. As part of the Impressionist movement, this piece exemplifies the genre painting style and measures 54.3 x 52.4 cm. Presently, it is housed in the Musée d’Orsay in Paris, France.

The artwork conveys an intimate, candid moment of a woman engaged in her personal grooming ritual. The focus is on the act of wiping her left foot as she bends forward in a seated position. The composition is characterized by Degas’ celebrated use of light and shadow, showcasing his mastery of rendering the contours and subtleties of the human form. The colors are soft yet vivid, employing a sophisticated pastel palette that adds texture and depth to the scene. The woman’s pose is such that her body and the drapery of her garments create a pleasing interplay of lines and curves, imbued with a sense of movement and naturalism that is typical of Degas’ work. The atmosphere of privacy and the lack of engagement with the viewer reflect the impressionist’s interest in capturing fleeting moments and everyday life with honesty and sensitivity.

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