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A standing nude woman with long hair dries herself with a towel.

A nude woman with her back towards us looks down towards her feet as she dries herself off with a towel. Her upper body leans towards the left, and her long black hair cascades down to the floor. She holds the towel in her left hand as she dries off the side of her body. She stands to the right of what appears to be a couch that has articles of clothing on it. She stands on a dark floor, with walls suggested by quick vertical lines.

Identification and Creation

Object Number
Hilaire-Germain-Edgar Degas, French (Paris, France 1834 - 1917 Paris, France)
Nude Woman Standing, Drying Herself
Other Titles
Original Language Title: Femme nue debout, à sa toilette
Work Type
Persistent Link

Physical Descriptions

design: 50 x 28.5 cm (19 11/16 x 11 1/4 in.)
Inscriptions and Marks
  • Signed: degas
  • inscription: lower left, graphite, handwritten, signed: signature, perhaps not in the artust's hand: degas

State, Edition, Standard Reference Number

Standard Reference Number
Del. 65, R.-S. 61

Acquisition and Rights

Credit Line
Harvard Art Museums/Fogg Museum, Gray Collection of Engravings Fund
Object Number
European and American Art

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Publication History

  • Sue Welsh Reed and Barbara S. Shapiro, Edgar Degas: The Painter as Printmaker, exh. cat., Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Philadelphia Museum of Art, and Arts Council of Great Britain, London (Boston), pp. 220-227, cat. 61 [not Harvard impression, related bibliography]
  • Jean Adhémar and Françoise Cachin, Degas: The Complete Etchings, Lithographs, and Monotypes, Viking Press (New York, 1973)
  • Nathan Goldstein, Figure Drawing: The Structure, Anatomy, and Expressive Design of Human Form, Pearson Prentice Hall (Upper Saddle River, N.J., 2004), repr. as fig. 1.31 on p. 23
  • Eliza E. Rathbone, Degas's Dancers at the Barre: Point and Counterpoint, exh. cat., The Phillips Collection (Washington, DC, 2011), cat. 17, pp. 43, 50 (n. 25), 131, repr. p. 45

Exhibition History

  • Touchstone: 200 Years of Artists' Lithographs, Harvard University Art Museums, Cambridge, 08/15/1998 - 11/01/1998; University of Michigan Museum of Art, Ann Arbor, 07/17/1999 - 09/26/1999; Agnes Etherington Art Centre, Kingston, 09/30/1999 - 12/10/2000; William Hayes Ackland Memorial Art Museum, Chapel Hill, 02/04/2001 - 05/13/2001
  • Degas at Harvard, Harvard University Art Museums, Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Cambridge, 08/01/2005 - 11/27/2005
  • Degas's Dancers at the Barre: Point and Counterpoint, The Phillips Collection, Washington, 10/01/2011 - 01/08/2012

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