Edgar Degas (French, 18341917)
Bronze, number 26/A; 8 1/2 x 17 7/8 x 16 5/8 in. (21.6 x 45.4 x 42.2 cm)
H. O. Havemeyer Collecton, Bequest of Mrs. H. O. Havemeyer, 1929 (29.100.419)
Like The Little Fourteen-Year-Old Dancer, the original version of The Tub depends for its effect in large part on its polychromy and on the inclusion of materials usually foreign to sculpture. The tub is of lead, the flesh of dark red wax, and the water of white plaster. The base, as described in Degas' letter to Paul-Albert Bartholomé, is of plaster-soaked rags arranged over wood, and it represents one of Degas' attempts to eliminate the need for a pedestal. Unlike the bronze version of The Little Fourteen-Year-Old Dancer, the bronze version of The Tub preserves no suggestion of the materials and colors of the original.