Seated Nude Woman Drying Her Hair (Femme nue assise s'essuyant les cheveux)
On View: Elevator Lobby, 3rd Floor
Degas revisited the theme of the bather again and again between 1877 and 1908; this is one of the most radical examples, with its cropped composition, subdued colors, and harder, less sensuous form. Here the artist, who since 1895 had been struggling with deteriorating eyesight, recycled an earlier figure similar to the one in Woman Drying Her Hair (nearby), but cropped the tub, some drapery, and even parts of the body. Indeed, by 1902 Degas had moved toward a more fully abstract art, paving the way in Paris for the next major modern art movements, Fauvism and Cubism.
Pastel on translucent paper mounted on paperboard
25 1/4 x 27 1/2 in. (64.1 x 69.9 cm)
Frame: 39 x 46 x 2 3/4 in. (99.1 x 116.8 x 7 cm) (show scale)
Stamped lower left: "Degas" (Lugt 658)
Gift of Mrs. Leo Smith
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Edgar Degas (French, 1834-1917). Seated Nude Woman Drying Her Hair (Femme nue assise s'essuyant les cheveux), ca. 1902. Pastel on translucent paper mounted on paperboard, 25 1/4 x 27 1/2 in. (64.1 x 69.9 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Mrs. Leo Smith, 54.54 (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 54.54_SL1.jpg)
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