Woman Bathing in a Shallow Tub

Artist: Edgar Degas (French, Paris 1834–1917 Paris)

Date: 1885

Medium: Charcoal and pastel on light green wove paper, now discolored to warm gray, laid down on silk bolting

Dimensions: 32 x 22 1/8in. (81.3 x 56.2cm)

Classification: Drawings

Credit Line: H. O. Havemeyer Collection, Bequest of Mrs. H. O. Havemeyer, 1929

Accession Number: 29.100.41


When Degas showed his "suite of nudes," including this pastel, at the eighth and final Impressionist exhibition in 1886, critics viciously attacked the ungainly poses of his bathers. After the exhibition Degas gave the picture to Mary Cassatt in exchange for her painting Girl Arranging Her Hair (National Gallery of Art, Washington). Louisine Havemeyer eventually acquired both works.