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The Morning Bath

A work made of pastel on off-white laid paper mounted on board.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of pastel on off-white laid paper mounted on board.




Edgar Degas
French, 1834-1917

About this artwork

Later in his career Edgar Degas began using pastel more frequently and created some two hundred pastel drawings of bathers, including this example, which shows a woman stepping into a tub. The soft and crumbly consistency of this medium allowed him to both blend colors and apply more assertive marks that remain distinct. Here, the combination of these effects is evident in his handling of the various fabrics throughout. The woman is shown mid-step, her left leg already inside the tub and her right arm clutching the curtain to maintain her balance. Disheveled bedsheets and rumpled pillow sit between the viewer and the woman, adding a voyeuristic feel to this view of a private morning ritual.


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Prints and Drawings


Hilaire Germain Edgar Degas


The Morning Bath


France (Artist's nationality:)

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Pastel on off-white laid paper mounted on board


Signed recto, lower right, in blue pastel: "Degas"


70.6 × 43.3 cm (27 13/16 × 17 1/16 in.)

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Mr. and Mrs. Potter Palmer Collection

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