Edgar Degas : The Tub (1886)

Presented at the eighth Impressionist exhibition in 1886, this pastel is one of a series of seven pictures produced by Degas in the mid 1880’s on the theme of women at their ablutions, a subject already explored by the artist in a series some ten years previously. His minute observation of the intimate, everyday gestures is a far cry from the traditional romantic scenes of ladies at their toilette. The young woman’s pose, sometimes interpreted by contemporary critics as the expression of a certain animality, is derived from that of the Crouching Aphrodite of antiquity.
Its still life of toilet articles, with a distorted Japanese-style perspective, and its plunging view, make this pastel one of the most audacious and accomplished of Degas’ works on the modern theme of the woman in her bathtub.
 
It can be found in the Musee D’Orsay, Paris.
 
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