Woman Drying Her Arm

Edgar Degas French

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 817

This pastel is one of eighteen variants on the composition that Degas made in the late 1880s and early 1890s, a testament to his fascination with replicating and multiplying images. He also repeated forms within the scene: the model’s bent left leg closely echoes the shape and line of her extended arms.

Woman Drying Her Arm, Edgar Degas (French, Paris 1834–1917 Paris), Pastel and charcoal on light pink wove paper, discolored at the edges

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