Woman Drying Herself (c.1906) by Edgar Degas

Woman Drying Herself - Edgar Degas - c.1906

Artwork Information

TitleWoman Drying Herself
ArtistEdgar Degas
Datec.1906
Mediumpastel
Art MovementImpressionism
Current LocationPrivate Collection
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About Woman Drying Herself

The artwork entitled “Woman Drying Herself” is a creation attributed to the illustrious artist Edgar Degas, dating circa 1906. Executed in the medium of pastel, it is an expressive example of the nude painting genre within the context of the Impressionist movement. The piece is not on public display but is held within a private collection.

The artwork presents a scene focused on the intimate act of a woman drying herself. Her form is rendered with soft, tactile strokes of pastel, capturing the gentle play of light and shadow on her skin. Degas’s attention to the subtle gradations of tone and color exemplifies the Impressionists’ fascination with capturing the ephemeral qualities of light. The composition is candid, emphasizing the naturalism of the subject’s movements. The posture of the woman, with her back turned towards the viewer and her head bent to the side as she tends to her hair, creates a sense of privacy and unguarded moment. The rough textures and the sketchy, almost unfinished quality of some areas of the artwork serve to enhance the spontaneity and fleeting impression of the scene, which are hallmarks of Degas’s style and the broader Impressionist approach. The figure is set against a nondescript background that fades into abstraction, ensuring that the focus remains firmly on the human figure and the sensuous detail of her form.

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