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Painting, 1886, 60×83 cm

Description of the artwork «Bath»

Edgar Degas brought to the workshop vats and pots. The model's came here and spent hours doing their thing: standing, washed, dried, yawned, dressed and undressed. Surprised at first by the fact that Degas did not write, but simply observes they were continually surprised and gave the artist notice. This is something he wanted.

At the Eighth impressionist exhibition, in 1886, when was the last time managed to collect in one room of artists, started when all this revolution, Edgar Degas invited seven pastels. They had long and deliberately prosaic name, almost clerical or catalogazione (so critics systematizing the legacy of the artist, called a packet of some minor sketches and preparatory drawings) – "A series of naked women bathing, washable, dry, combed hair, or sitting at the toilet at the time, as their comb".

Edgar Degas is perhaps the first artist who has reconciled Nudes and modernity after centuries chaste slonovski tradition, prescribing to clothe the naked female body in floating draperies or surround the symbolic attributes of the ancient goddesses. Instead of acquittal Greek togas, floating cupids, clouds, sea foam and other divine entourage, which even twenty years before that, the artists covered the nakedness of their heroines, Degas gives them a washcloth and a comb. It's not provocative and shameless nudity "Olympia" Edouard Manet is the most natural, casual and boring environment in which a woman can be naked.

Washable and hair Degas woman do not look the viewer in the eye. What's there not look – even their faces are often not visible. They awkwardly lift your leg, getting out of the bathroom, bend over unceremoniously and turned back to us and back to collect in a bun wet hair so carefully brushed, they wipe their feet and back. "Until now, the Nude model was always depicted in poses suggesting the presence of an audience"- explained the artist added that his task was to create the feeling of peeping through the keyhole.

By the mid-1880s between the Impressionists, the founders of the movement remained more differences than evident points of contact. The exhibition, which was presented washable women Degas – the last joint. Artists are rebels grew up and, each in their own way rejecting the importance of fleeting impressions, looking for timeless images that focus my mind on something important and let the classical art itself to influence. Critics praised Degas in his quest – they say he's only an ardent admirer Ingres in the impressionistic camp, could in the bath a series of pastels to commit another act of reconciliation. Woman bathing Degas finally reconciled Ingres and Delacroix, reconciled line and color.

Author: Anna Sidelnikova
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About the artwork

Art form: Painting

Subject and objects: Nude

Style of art: Impressionism

Technique: Pastel

Materials: Cardboard

Date of creation: 1886

Size: 60×83 cm

Artwork in selections: 59 selections

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