Woman At Her Toilette is a painting created by Edgar Degas in 1889. During this period, Degas experimented with Impressionism, a style that differed from the prevailing realism of the time. This artwork belongs to a series of pastel portraits of nude women bathing and combing their hair.
The focus of the painting is on formal composition rather than a detailed depiction of the subject. It depicts an everyday situation imitating a photographic snapshot, aiming to capture the essence of modern life in an understated manner. The action of the woman combing her hair is anchored within a rectangle formed by her arms and the table edge.
This piece of art is part of the Mr. and Mrs. Martin A. Ryerson Collection and is signed by Degas in red. The artist used his Impressionist technique to capture the atmosphere of the scene by playing with light and color.