The Tub (1886) by Edgar Degas

The Tub - Edgar Degas - 1886

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TitleThe Tub
ArtistEdgar Degas
Dimensions60 x 83 cm
Art MovementImpressionism
Current LocationMusée d'Orsay, Paris, France

About The Tub

The artwork titled “The Tub” was created by the renowned artist Edgar Degas in 1886. It is executed in pastel on cardboard, exemplifying the Impressionist movement of the time. The dimensions of the artwork are 60 x 83 cm. Featuring the genre of nude painting (nu), this piece is housed in the Musée d’Orsay, located in Paris, France.

“The Tub” presents an intimate and unguarded moment, capturing a solitary female figure, preoccupied with her bathing ritual. The subject is portrayed with her back towards the viewer, bending over a circular zinc bathtub. The precision with which Degas renders the textures of skin, the tub, and surroundings, contrasts the softness typically associated with the pastel medium. The painting’s vantage point is unconventional, offering a voyeuristic perspective that is both intriguing and disarming.

Degas’ use of light and shadow, as well as his loose but controlled brushwork, are characteristic of the Impressionist movement’s interest in capturing fleeting moments and the effects of light. Furthermore, the artwork’s composition masterfully balances realism with a sense of spontaneity, making it a significant representation of Degas’ artistic prowess and the broader Impressionist ethos.

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