plate: 16 3/4 x 23 1/16 in. (42.5 x 58.6 cm)
sheet: 19 3/4 x 25 1/2 in. (50.2 x 64.8 cm)
Harris Brisbane Dick Fund, The Elisha Whittelsey Collection, The Elisha Whittelsey Fund, and C. Douglas Dillon Gift, 1968
Not on view
As Degas strove to represent the female body with greater truth, women engaged in the intimate rituals of both the bath and the brothel became his frequent themes. During the 1870s, when novels by J.-K. Huysmans, Edmond de Goncourt, and Émile Zola focused on the flourishing profession of prostitution, Degas too studied the world of the maisons closes, and made about fifty smudged drawings in greasy ink on glass or metal plates which he printed as monotypes.
Gustave Pellet (French, Paris 1859–1919 Paris)until 1919; Previously owned, by descent, Maurice Exteens(to at least 1937); César de Hauke; Le Vésinet (Private Collection); Private collection, France; Hector Brame(from whom MMA purchased)
Ordrupgaardsamlingen, Copenhagen. "Degas Monotypes," October 14, 1994–December 31, 1994.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "The Private Collection of Edgar Degas, MMA," October 1, 1997–January 11, 1998.
Musée Picasso. "Scenes of Modernity," May 1, 2005–July 31, 2005.
National Gallery of Australia, Canberra. "Degas: The Uncontested Master," December 12, 2008–March 22, 2009.
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. "Degas and the Nude," October 9, 2011–February 5, 2012.
Musée d'Orsay. "Degas and the Nude," March 12, 2012–July 1, 2012.
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Jean Sutherland Boggs, Douglas Druick, Henri Loyrette, Michael Pantazzi, Gary Tinterow Degas. Ex. cat.: Paris, Ottawa, MMA, 1988-1989. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Réunion des Musées Nationaux, National Museums of Canada, New York and Ottawa, 1988-89, cat. no. 197, p. 309, ill.
Jane Kinsman, Michael Pantazzi Degas: The Uncontested Master. Exh. cat. National Gallery of Australia, Reprinted and revised 2009. Canberra, 2008-2009, cat. no. 43, p. 108, ill.
George T. M. Shackelford, Xavier Rey Degas and the Nude. Exh. cat., Museum of fine Arts, Boston, Oct. 9, 2011-Feb. 5, 2012 ; and Musée d'Orsay, Paris March 12-July 1. Boston, 2012, fig. no. 94, 90, 91, 224, ill.