Reclining Nude (c.1883 – c.1885) by Edgar Degas

Reclining Nude - Edgar Degas - c.1883 - c.1885

Artwork Information

TitleReclining Nude
ArtistEdgar Degas
Datec.1883 - c.1885
Dimensions33 x 41.9 cm
Art MovementImpressionism
Current LocationPrivate Collection

About Reclining Nude

The artwork entitled “Reclining Nude” is the creation of artist Edgar Degas, estimated to have been crafted between 1883 and 1885. This piece is rendered in pastel, exemplifying the Impressionist movement. The composition measures 33 by 41.9 centimeters and falls within the nude painting (nu) genre. The current whereabouts of this piece is within a private collection.

Upon examining the artwork, one is struck by the soft, ethereal quality of the pastel medium, which Degas has expertly manipulated to convey the delicate play of light and shadow across the figure’s form. The subject, a reclining nude woman, is depicted in a relaxed and unguarded state, her body draped casually across the canvas. The composition utilizes warm, muted tones to create an intimate atmosphere, with the figure’s flesh set against a rich, dark background that suggests depth and solitude. Intriguingly, the face of the figure is obscured, inviting the viewer to focus on the form and curvature of the body rather than the individual identity. Degas’ skill in rendering the human figure is evident in the confident strokes and subtle gradations of color, lending the artwork a sensuous and tactile quality. Overall, “Reclining Nude” is a prime example of Degas’ contributions to Impressionist art and his fascination with the human figure.

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