Édouard Manet - Woman in a tub 1878

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Woman in a tub 1878

Woman in a tub 1878
54x45cm pastel/canvas
Musée d'Orsay, Paris, France

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From Musée d'Orsay, Paris:
This pastel is one of the artist's most beautiful portrayals of a woman bathing. All the characteristics of Manet's style are there: a special blend of spontaneity, freshness combined with precise composition, and a taste for light, curving lines against a background of horizontals. The background is in fact divided up into subtly coloured bands, formed by the mirror, the dressing table and the floral cretonne cloth.
A large metal tub, always used by Degas in these scenes, occupies the lower part of the pastel. But whereas Degas' models usually appear to be unaware of the viewer, here the model is unconcerned at being observed by the painter. She knows that her nudity, even though imperfect, will attract a friendly or even tender glance.