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Study of a nude woman bathing; half-length turned to right, her right hand raised to her left shoulder
Charcoal over a counterproof
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Height: 360 millimetres
Width: 270 millimetres
- Curator's comments
- This composition relates to Degas's painting 'En attendant l'entrée en scène', National Gallery of Art, Washington (1963.10.122). In the painting the dancer wears a tunic; in this drawing she is nude. The reason the drawing appears somewhat faint is due to it being a counterproof (as indicated by the left-hand shading) from the drawing sold as 'Danseuse en maillot', 4th Degas sale, Paris, Galerie Georges Petit, 4.vii.1919/368. The sequence of the drawing was confused in the sale with the latter being sold among the 'impressions en noir'.
Degas made a monotype based on this drawing of c.1896-98, last sold Christie's London, 4.xii.1996/363 (current location unknown).
Label text from 2016-18, Sep-Jan touring exhibition, 'Lines of Thought'
In this drawing Degas interrogates the form of a nude figure, the charcoal outline repeatedly rubbed and redrawn. It is likely not the result of an observational drawing, but instead illustrates Degas's reliance on manipulation of motifs from his own work, formal considerations taking precedence over narrative or character. The composition of this figure and its relation to the frame of the page are the motivation behind his enquiries. At this time, in the last years of the nineteenth century, due to his failing eyesight he gave up painting almost completely, instead producing numerous drawings (and a number of sculptures), almost exclusively focusing on dancers and nudes. There was no clear distinction between finished work and study, but the constant recycling of motifs offered him a springboard to further explore and refine his ideas.
- Not on display
- Exhibition history
1996, BM, 'French Drawings in the BM', (no cat.)
2016 3 Sep - 6 Nov, Poole Museum, 'Lines of thought: Drawing from Michelangelo to now', no. 43
2017 1 Jan - 25 Feb, The Brynmor Jones Library Art Gallery, University of Hull, 'Lines of thought: Drawing from Michelangelo to now', no. 43
2017 12 Mar - 5 May, Ulster Museum, Belfast, 'Lines of thought: Drawing from Michelangelo to now', no. 43
2017 May - Sep, New Mexico Museum of Art, Santa Fe, 'Lines of thought: Drawing from Michelangelo to now', no. 43
2017-2018 Oct - Jan, RISD Museum, Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, 'Lines of thought: Drawing from Michelangelo to now', no. 43
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