Pastel on paper
Pushkin Museum, Moscow, Russia
Somewhat typical of Degas’ myriad of nudes, and typical of the stylistics that made his body of work controversial, La Toilette demonstrates Degas’ tendency to capture the figure from behind, revealing only a fragment of the figure suggesting the whole. The placement of the subject in shallow space allows her curves to produce a linear strength that balances the painting.
Impressionism, Modern art, Realism, Neoclassicism, Japonism
Born: 19 July 1834, Paris, France
Died: 27 September 1917, Paris, France
Remembered as an Impressionist, Degas was part of a group of Paris artists who exhibited together in the 1870s. He shared the novel techniques of capturing effects of light and scenes of urban leisure. Degas’ academic training and his leaning toward Realism set him apart from his peers and he rejected the label ‘Impressionist’ to describe himself as ‘Independent.’