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Identification and Creation
Object Number
Hilaire-Germain-Edgar Degas, French (Paris, France 1834 - 1917 Paris, France)
After the Bath, Woman Drying Her Hair
Work Type
c. 1893-1898
Persistent Link
Physical Descriptions
Charcoal and brown chalk on pale pink wove paper
49.7 x 64.4 cm (19 9/16 x 25 3/8 in.)
frame: 58.3 x 73.2 x 3.6 cm (22 15/16 x 28 13/16 x 1 7/16 in.)
Inscriptions and Marks
  • inscription: verso, center, blue crayon: 1366 / [Degas atelier stamp (L. 257)] / Ph 823
  • stamp: l.l.: red Degas vente stamp [L. 658]
Atelier Degas (L. 257, 658), sale [Vente II, Galerie Georges Petit, Paris, December 11-13, 1918, no. 289]. [Sadajiro Yamanaka, New York] sold in or before 1932; to Paul J. Sachs, bequest; to Fogg Art Museum, 1965
Acquisition and Rights
Credit Line
Harvard Art Museums/Fogg Museum, Bequest of Meta and Paul J. Sachs
Accession Year
Object Number
European and American Art
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Publication History

Degas, checklist, Fogg Art Museum (Cambridge, MA, 1931), no. 21b

Degas, 1834-1917, exh. cat., Pennsylvania Museum of Art (Philadelphia, PA, 1936), no. 87, repr.

Agnes Mongan and Paul J. Sachs, Drawings in the Fogg Museum of Art, Harvard University Press (Cambridge, 1940), vol. 1, cat. no. 676, fig. 352

William G. Constable, “The Nude: Showing a 5-Century Ideal", ArtNews, ed. Alfred M. Frankfurter, ARTnews (1946), vol. 44, no. 19, January, pp. 8-10, repr. p. 10

William G. Constable, The Nude in Art: Loan Exhibition of Paintings and Drawings, exh. cat., Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art (Hartford, 1946), no. 17

S. Lane Faison, Jr., Great Paintings of the Nude, Harry N. Abrams, Inc. (New York, NY, 1953), repr. p. 18

Charles E. Slatkin Galleries, Renoir, Degas: a loan exhibition of drawings, pastels, sculptures, exh. cat. (New York, NY, 1958), no. 17, pl. XIV

Michael Ayrton, "The Nature of Drawing", The Studio (January 1961), vol. CLXI, repr. p. 39

Ingres and Degas: Two Classical Draughtsmen, exh. cat., Fogg Art Museum (Cambridge, MA, 1961), no. 23

Barbara S. Shapiro, Edgar Degas: the Reluctant Impressionist, exh. cat., Boston Museum of Fine Arts (Boston, MA, 1974), no. 88

Vojtech Jirat-Wasiutynski and Thea Jirat-Wasiutynski, "The Uses of Charcoal in Drawing", Arts Magazine (October 1980), vol. 55, no. 2, pp. 128-135, fig. 7, p. 131

Martin Gayford, "'Believe me wicked'" [exhibition review of Degas: Beyond Impressionism], The Spectator (June 1, 1996), p. 38

Richard Kendall, Degas: Beyond Impressionism, exh. cat., Yale University Press (New Haven, CT, 1996), cat. 50; pp. 231, 301; repr. (color) p. 235

Masterpieces of world art : Fogg Art Museum, Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Busch-Reisinger Museum, 1997

Edward Saywell, "Guide to Drawing Terms and Techniques", Harvard University Art Museums Bulletin, Harvard University Art Museums (Cambridge, MA, 1998), vol. VI, no. 2, pp. 30-39, p. 31 under "Charcoal"

Jennifer Janicki, Glorious Borders: Three Centuries of French Frames, exh. cat., Gold Leaf Studios (Washington, DC, 1999), p. 11 (frame)

June Rose, Mistress of Montmartre: A Life of Suzanne Valadon, St. Martin's Press (New York, NY, 1999), repr. p. 82

David Bomford, Art in the Making: Degas, exh. cat., National Gallery Publications/Yale University Press (London and New Haven, 2004), pp. 124-25, repr. fig. 132

Marjorie B. Cohn and Jean Sutherland Boggs, Degas at Harvard, exh. cat., Harvard University Art Museums/Yale University Press (Cambridge and New Haven, 2005), cat. no. 42, fig. 33 (color), pp. 29, 64, 70 note 11

Catalogue des tableaux, pastels et dessins par Edgar Degas et provenant de son atelier 2e vente, December 11-13, 1918, auct. cat., Galerie Georges Petit (Paris, France, December 11 - December 13, 1918), no. 289

George T.M. Shackelford and Xavier Rey, Degas and the Nude, exh. cat., Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (Boston, 2011), p. 174, repr. p. 176 as fig. 183, p. 227

Roger Malbert, Drawing People, Distributed Art Publishers (New York, 2015), repr. on p.8; p.9

Ewa Lajer-Burcharth and Elizabeth M. Rudy, ed., Drawing: The Invention of a Modern Medium, exh. cat., Harvard Art Museums (Cambridge, 2017), pp. 206, 286, repr. p. 207 as fig. 3

Exhibition History

Degas, Fogg Art Museum, Cambridge, 05/09/1931 - 05/30/1931

Degas, 1834-1917, Pennsylvania Museum of Art, Philadelphia, 11/01/1936 - 11/30/1936

Great Modern French Drawings, Brooklyn Institute of Arts and Sciences Museum, Brooklyn, 01/01/1939 - 03/12/1939

Master Drawings, Fogg Art Museum, Santa Barbara Museum of Art, Santa Barbara, 06/01/1943 - 08/31/1943

Untitled exhibition of French drawings, Baltimore Museum of Art, Baltimore, 10/08/1943 - 11/21/1943

Edgar Degas Bronzes, Drawings, Pastels, Buchholz Gallery, New York, 01/03/1945 - 01/27/1945

The Nude in Art: Loan Exhibition of Paintings and Drawings, Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, Hartford, 01/01/1946 - 02/03/1946

Renoir, Degas: a loan exhibition of drawings, pastels, sculptures, Charles E. Slatkin Galleries, New York, 11/07/1958 - 12/06/1958

Ingres and Degas: Two Classical Draughtsmen, Fogg Art Museum, Cambridge, 04/24/1961 - 05/20/1961

Edgar Degas: the Reluctant Impressionist, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Boston, 06/19/1974 - 09/15/1974

The Heavenly Twins: Edward W. Forbes, Paul J. Sachs and the Building of a Collection, Harvard University Art Museums, Cambridge, 09/23/1995 - 12/17/1995

Degas: Beyond Impressionism, The Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, 09/28/1996 - 01/05/1997

Glorious Borders: Three Centuries of French Frames, Gold Leaf Studios, Washington, 07/14/1999 - 08/31/1999

Degas at Harvard, Harvard University Art Museums, Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Cambridge, 08/01/2005 - 11/27/2005

Degas and the Nude, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Boston, 10/09/2011 - 02/05/2012

Drawing: The Invention of a Modern Medium, Harvard Art Museums, Cambridge, 01/21/2017 - 05/07/2017

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