The Bath (1890) by Edgar Degas

The Bath - Edgar Degas - 1890

Artwork Information

TitleThe Bath
ArtistEdgar Degas
Dimensions81.3 x 117.5 cm
Art MovementImpressionism
Current LocationCarnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh, PA, US

About The Bath

“The Bath,” crafted in 1890 by artist Edgar Degas, is an exploration of the nude genre executed with oil on canvas. Emblematic of the Impressionist movement, the artwork measures 81.3 x 117.5 cm and is housed at the Carnegie Museum of Art in Pittsburgh, PA, US. This painting captures an intimate moment, evoking the natural grace of its subject through the use of light, color, and brushwork.

The artwork depicts a solitary female figure, engaged in the act of bathing. The composition highlights the nudity of the subject in a non-sensual but rather everyday context, a characteristic approach for Degas. The figure is positioned with her back to the viewer, bending forward in a manner that emphasizes the curvature of her back and the roundness of her form.

Degas’s use of light and shadow brings a softness to the scene and the flesh of the figure, while the loose, expressive brushstrokes create a sense of movement and spontaneity. The warm tones and rich colors contribute to a feeling of warmth and privacy. The overall effect is one of a fleeting, private moment captured in time, showcasing Degas’s interest in the rhythm and form of the human body as well as his masterful ability to convey mood and atmosphere.

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