Woman at Her Toilette (1905) by Edgar Degas

Woman at Her Toilette - Edgar Degas - 1905

Artwork Information

TitleWoman at Her Toilette
ArtistEdgar Degas
Dimensions69.7 x 72.4 cm
Art MovementImpressionism
Current LocationArt Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL, US

About Woman at Her Toilette

The artwork titled “Woman at Her Toilette” is a creation by the artist Edgar Degas from the year 1905. This piece, rendered in pastel on paper, is a fine example of the Impressionism art movement. The dimensions of the artwork are 69.7 x 72.4 cm, and it depicts a genre scene focused on a nude subject. This pastel painting is currently housed at the Art Institute of Chicago, located in Chicago, Illinois, United States.

The image features a woman in a state of undress, the focus of a private, intimate moment at her toilette. Degas has used soft pastel hues to capture the suppleness of the subject’s skin, employing a mix of bold and delicate strokes that exhibit the characteristic spontaneity and luminosity of the Impressionist style. The colors are vibrant, with varying shades of yellows, oranges, blues, and hints of white that illuminate the composition. There is a sense of movement and immediacy conveyed by the textured application of pastel, which is typical of Degas’ later works. The woman’s posture and the handling of light and color result in a composition that is both personal and evocative, providing a glimpse into a fleeting moment as perceived by the artist.

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