After the Bath, Woman Drying Herself, 1890s

Edgar Degas, French, 1834–1917

After the Bath, Woman Drying Herself, 1890s

Oil on canvas
The Henry and Rose Pearlman Foundation, on long-term loan to the Princeton University Art Museum
photo: Bruce M. White

This painting forms part of a series of female nudes that Degas produced in the 1890s. The series was created at a time when Degas had largely retreated from the public eye, and his art had become more inwardly focused. He obsessively returned to the female form as a subject, using live models, photographs, and his own drawings and sculptures as resources for poses and gestures.

Edgar Degas, French, 1834–1917. <em>The Morning Bath</em>, ca. 1886. Pastel on buff wove paper, 67 x 52.1 cm. The Henry and Rose Pearlman Collection

Edgar Degas, French, 1834–1917. <em>After the Bath (Woman Drying Herself)</em>, ca. 1896. Oil on canvas, 89.5 x 116.8 cm. Philadelphia Museum of Art. Purchased with funds from the estate of George D. Widener, 1980 (1980-6-1)