Woman at Her Toilette (1889) by Edgar Degas

Woman at Her Toilette - Edgar Degas - c.1869 - c.1899

Artwork Information

TitleWoman at Her Toilette
ArtistEdgar Degas
Datec.1869 - c.1899
Dimensions23 x 23 1/2 in. (59 x 60 cm)
Art MovementImpressionism
Current LocationTate Britain, London, UK

About Woman at Her Toilette

The artwork “Woman at Her Toilette” by Edgar Degas dates from approximately 1869 to 1899. This pastel on paper is part of the Impressionist movement, a genre painting reflecting the scenes of everyday life. It measures 23 by 23 1/2 inches (59 x 60 cm) and is currently housed in Tate Britain, located in London, United Kingdom.

The artwork portrays a scene focused on a woman engaged in an intimate act of grooming. She is depicted with her head tilted back, and her hair, evoking a cascade of warm golden tones, flows down her back and over her arms. Another figure can be seen behind her assisting with the toiletry process, giving the scene an air of domesticity and private ritual. The use of pastels allows for a soft, luminous quality that conveys the texture of skin and hair, as well as the tactile nature of the fabrics and surrounding objects. The hallmark brushwork of Impressionism, characterised by its loose and expressive nature, is evident here, creating a sense of spontaneity and movement. The color palette is vibrant and varied, with a play of contrasting and harmonious hues that complement each other, resulting in a visually rich composition. It is an intimate portrayal, capturing a fleeting moment within the private quarters of the subjects’ life, revealing the intricate interplay of light, color, and form that defines the essence of Degas’ artistic practice.

Other Artwork from Edgar Degas

More Impressionism Artwork

Scroll to Top