Peasant Girls Bathing in the Sea at Dusk (1875-76) by Edgar Degas

Peasant Girls Bathing in the Sea at Dusk - Edgar Degas - c.1875

Artwork Information

TitlePeasant Girls Bathing in the Sea at Dusk
ArtistEdgar Degas
MediumOil on Canvas
Dimensions25 5/8 x 31 7/8 in (65 x 81 cm)
Art MovementImpressionism
Current LocationPrivate Collection
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About Peasant Girls Bathing in the Sea at Dusk

Edgar Degas’ “Peasant Girls Bathing in the Sea at Dusk” is an oil on canvas painting that depicts young women bathing in the sea. The artwork was executed in the artist’s studio in Paris between 1869-1875 and is part of his “Beach Scene” series. It measures 25 3/5 × 33 1/10 inches.

The artwork portrays a sense of spontaneity, capturing the relaxed and carefree nature of the girls during their bath at sunset. One can see how meticulously and precisely Degas painted every detail, from the rippling waves to the girls’ floating dresses. The heavily reworked painting combines elements from earlier seascapes studies, suggesting that Degas carefully crafted this scene with specific intention.

This piece has been praised for its elegant composition and innovative use of light and shade. By placing his subjects into a natural setting contrasted with artificial light sources, Degas creates an otherworldly atmosphere that enhances the dreamlike quality of the painting. “Peasant Girls Bathing in the Sea at Dusk” serves as evidence of Edgar Degas’ fondness for studying humans caught up in everyday life as well as balancing texture and color to create depth using masterful brushwork techniques.

Art enthusiasts are invited to enjoy this stunning piece from one of history’s greatest painters by purchasing a print or reproduction from galleries worldwide, allowing them to appreciate its beauty up close.

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