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Identification and Creation
Object Number
Hilaire-Germain-Edgar Degas, French (Paris, France 1834 - 1917 Paris, France)
After the Bath, Woman with a Towel
Other Titles
Alternate Title: Après le bain
Work Type
c. 1893-1897
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Physical Descriptions
Pastel on blue-gray wove paper
70.8 x 57.3 cm (27 7/8 x 22 9/16 in.)
frame: 82.6 x 69.5 x 4 cm (32 1/2 x 27 3/8 x 1 9/16 in.)
Inscriptions and Marks
  • Signed: pastel, lower right: Degas
Adolphe Tavernier, Paris, sold [through Galerie Georges Petit, Paris, March 6, 1900, lot 114]. Sarah Choate Sears, Boston, MA, gift; to Fogg Art Museum, 1927.
Acquisition and Rights
Credit Line
Harvard Art Museums/Fogg Museum, Gift of Mrs. J. Montgomery Sears
Accession Year
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European and American Art
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Publication History

Julius Meier-Graefe, Modern art: being a contribution to a new system of aesthetics, William Heinemann, Ltd. (London, England, 1908), vol. 1, plate 84

Julius Meier-Graefe, Degas, Ernest Benn Ltd. (London, England, 1923), plate LXXXIII

Exhibition of French Painting of the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries, exh. cat., Fogg Art Museum (Cambridge, MA, 1929), no. 33

René Huyghe, "Degas ou la fiction réaliste", L'Amour de L'Art (Paris, France, July 1931), XII, p. 279, fig. 30

Degas, checklist, Fogg Art Museum (Cambridge, MA, 1931), no. 12

Independent Painters of Nineteenth Century Paris, exh. cat., Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (Boston, MA, 1935), no. 20, repr. p. 64

Degas, 1834-1917, exh. cat., Pennsylvania Museum of Art (Philadelphia, PA, 1936), no. 46, repr.

Jacqueline Bouchot-Saupique and Marie Delaroche-Vernet, Degas, exh. cat., Musée de l'Orangerie (Paris, France, 1937), no. 161

Agnes Mongan and Paul J. Sachs, Drawings in the Fogg Museum of Art, Harvard University Press (Cambridge, 1940), vol. 1, cat. no. 675, fig. 351

Denis Rouart, Degas à la recherche de sa technique, Henri Floury (Paris, France, 1945), repr. p. 33

Paul André Lemoisne, Degas et son Oeuvre, Paul Brame and Cesar M. de Hauke (Paris, France, 1946-1949), vol. III, p. 708, no. 1221, repr.

Ingres and Degas: Two Classical Draughtsmen, exh. cat., Fogg Art Museum (Cambridge, MA, 1961), no. 21

Reed Kay, The painter's companion: a basic guide to studio methods and materials, Webb Books, Inc. (Cambridge, MA, 1961), fig. 19, p. 144

Franco Russoli and Fiorella Minervino, L'opera completa di Degas, Rizzoli Editore (Milan, Italy, 1970), repr. plate LXI (color) and fig. 1032

Reed Kay, The Painter's Guide to Studio Methods and Materials, Doubleday & Co. (Garden City, NY, 1972), repr. plate 32 (b/w)

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

Alfred Werner, Degas Pastels, Watson-Guptill Publications (New York, NY, 1977), no. 31

Jean Sutherland Boggs, "Variations on the Nude", Apollo (June 1978), vol. CVII, no. 196, pp. 487-489, repr. p. 489, pl. XX

Joseph Meder, The Mastery of Drawing, Abaris Books (New York, 1978), plate 259

Ian Dunlop, Degas, Harper & Row (New York, NY, 1979), fig. 179

Nathan Goldstein, Painting, visual and technical fundamentals, Prentice-Hall (Englewood Cliffs, NJ, 1979), repr. p. 26

Eldon N. Van Liere, "Solutions and Dissolutions: The Bather in Nineteenth-Century French Painting", Arts Magazine (May 1980), pp. 110-111, fig. 20

Ron Lister, Drawing with Pastels, Prentice-Hall (Englewood Cliffs, NJ, 1982), fig. 4.1

Pia Desantis, "Study of the Five Degas Pastels in the Fogg Art Museum" (thesis (certificate in conservation), Straus Center for Conservation and Technical Studies, July 1985), Unpublished, pp. 1-94 passim

Robert Gordon and Andrew Forge, Degas, Thames & Hudson (London, England, 1988), repr. color p. 270

Shelley Fletcher and Pia Desantis, "Degas: the search for his technique continues", The Burlington Magazine (April 1989), vol. 131, p. 263, fig. 14

Degas, Fenice 2000 (Milan, Italy, 1994), pl. 51 (color)

Richard Kendall, Degas: Beyond Impressionism, exh. cat., Yale University Press (New Haven, CT, 1996), fig. 42, p. 46

James Cuno, Alvin L. Clark, Jr., Ivan Gaskell, and William W. Robinson, Harvard's Art Museums: 100 Years of Collecting, ed. James Cuno, Harvard University Art Museums and Harry N. Abrams, Inc. (Cambridge, MA, 1996), p. 234, ill. p. 235

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

Judith A. Barter, Mary Cassatt: Modern Woman, exh. cat., The Art Institute of Chicago/Harry N. Abrams (Chicago, IL and New York, NY, 1998), p. 184, fig. 8

Ann Dumas and David A. Brenneman, Degas and America: The Early Collectors, exh. cat., High Museum of Art/MInneapolis Institute of Arts/Rizzoli (New York, NY, 2001), fig. 2 (color) on p. 17, also p. 25

Jon Garelick, "Abstract Thoughts: The Transitional and Transcendent Art of Edgar Degas at the Sackler Museum", The Boston Phoenix (August 5 2005), p. 18, p. 18

Cate McQuaid, "Degas, Intimately", The Boston Globe (August 12, 2005), Weekend section, repr.

Gene Wolfe, "Degas's American Dawn", Museums Boston (spring 2005-summer 2005), vol. 9, no. 1, p. 59, repr. p. 59

Christopher Reed, "Mad for Degas", Harvard Magazine (July 2005 - August 2005), vol. 107, no. 6, pp. 40-45, pp. 40-41, ill.

Bob Jackman, "Shades of Degas", The Patriot Ledger (August 6 2005-August 7 2005), pp. 39-40, repr. p. 40

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. 18, fig. 4 (color), p. 19

Impressionist and Modern Art, auct. cat., Christie's, London (London, June 18, 2007), repr. p. 19

George T.M. Shackelford and Xavier Rey, Degas and the Nude, exh. cat., Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (Boston, 2011), pp. 159-160, repr. p. 161 as fig. 167, p. 227

Ewa Lajer-Burcharth and Elizabeth M. Rudy, ed., Drawing: The Invention of a Modern Medium, exh. cat., Harvard Art Museums (Cambridge, 2017), pp. 74, 281, repr. p. 73 as fig. 5

Exhibition History

French Painting of the 19th and 20th Centuries, Fogg Art Museum, Cambridge, 03/06/1929 - 04/06/1929

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

Independent Painters of 19th Century Paris, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Boston, 03/15/1935 - 04/28/1935

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

Degas, Musée de l'Orangerie, Paris, 03/01/1937 - 05/20/1937

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

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

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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