Woman in a Bathtub
On View In:
Gallery 351
Artist:   Edgar Degas  
Title:   Woman in a Bathtub  
Date:   1889 modeled (cast 1920-21) no. 26/C  
Medium:   Bronze  
Dimensions:   8 3/4 x 16 1/2 x 17 3/4 in. (22.23 x 41.91 x 45.09 cm)  
Credit Line:   Gift of Ruth and Bruce Dayton  
Location:   Gallery 351  

Taking an unusual approach to the traditional theme of the nude bather, and introducing color into his original wax sculpture (through tinted waxes, a lead ring for the tub’s rim, and plaster-soaked cloth puddled at the tub’s edge), Degas achieved a work of daring modernity. Much of The Tub’s impact, as well as its charm, derives from Degas’s clever way of making a full view possible only from directly overhead. Yet the arrangement of the bather’s arms and legs, combined with her self-absorption as she performs her ablutions, results in a carefree innocence that foils the most prurient gaze.

Name:   Degas, Edgar  
Nationality:   French  
Life Dates:   French, 1834-1917  

Object Description  
Inscriptions:   Mark Foundry Mark Cast No.'26/c, cire perdue A.A.Hébrard'  
Classification:   Sculpture  
Physical Description:   Figure  
Creation Place:   Europe, France, , ,  
Accession #:   89.99  
Owner:   The Minneapolis Institute of Arts