Woman Leaving Her Bath (1898) by Edgar Degas

Woman Leaving Her Bath - Edgar Degas - 1898

Artwork Information

TitleWoman Leaving Her Bath
ArtistEdgar Degas
Dimensions95 x 81 cm
Art MovementImpressionism
Current LocationKunstmuseum Solothurn, Solothurn, Switzerland

About Woman Leaving Her Bath

The artwork titled “Woman Leaving Her Bath” is a creation of impressionist artist Edgar Degas, completed in the year 1898. Utilizing the medium of pastel, Degas crafted this piece embodying the Impressionism movement, characterized by a focus on accurate depiction of light, ordinary subject matter, and visible brush strokes. The dimensions of this nude painting are 95 by 81 centimeters, and it currently resides at the Kunstmuseum Solothurn in Solothurn, Switzerland.

The artwork portrays an intimate moment captured with a sense of immediacy and authenticity typical of Degas’s work. It shows a woman in the vulnerable act of exiting her bath, her body bending forward as she reaches out, possibly for a towel or a piece of clothing. The background is a blaze of colors that suggest a personal space, possibly a bathroom or a boudoir, with the use of energetic strokes and a warm palette. Degas’s renowned fascination with the human form, especially female dancers and bathers, is evident in the composition’s attention to form and movement. The woman’s flesh is rendered in soft, tactile tones, highlighting the curves and contours of her body contrasting against her loosely draped garment, which a second figure appears to be holding up—a testament to Degas’s skill at capturing the textures and fabrics as well as the delicacy of the human form.

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