Exhibitions: Four Bathers by Degas and Bonnard

Edgar Degas: Nude Woman Drying Herself

This canvas is unique in Degas’s oeuvre. He rarely used oil for his nudes in the 1880s; he seldom worked on a monumental scale (this is Degas’s third-largest painting); and he almost never abandoned a massive canvas at the laying-in, post-underdrawing stage. Among the painters who studied Degas’s unfinished masterpiece in the artist’s Paris studio was Paul Gauguin, who later quoted the standing bather in his painting Fatata te Miti (National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.), completed during his first trip to Tahiti.