Bather Stepping into a Tub

Edgar Degas French

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 817

Degas’s interest in the motif of a nude entering the water apparently dates to his student days, when he copied the figure of a man scrambling over a riverbank from an engraving by Marcantonio Raimondi after Michelangelo. This is one of seven pastels in which Degas ventured a modern version of the subject. The woman, her arms and legs splayed precariously against a zinc bathtub, powerfully manifests the combination of physical awkwardness and sensuality that characterizes the artist’s depictions of bathers.

Bather Stepping into a Tub, Edgar Degas (French, Paris 1834–1917 Paris), Pastel and charcoal on blue laid paper, mounted at perimeter on backing board

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