Woman Getting out of Her Bath

Woman Getting out of Her Bath
Edgar Degas (French, 1834-1917)
c. 1876-1877
Pastel over monotype on laid paper 
6-11/16 x 8-11/16 in. (17 x 22 cm) 
Credit Line:
Norton Simon Art Foundation 
Accession Number:
© Norton Simon Art Foundation 
On View

The theme of bathing women, a constant in Degas’s oeuvre, is almost always identified with the world of the prostitute. This enchanting monotype, however, provides clues to the contrary. The woman leaving the bath, for example, is assisted by a maid. Although the woman is unclothed, her position facing away from the viewer suggests a modesty that is absent from Degas’s unambiguous brothel scenes. The crammed but carefully arranged interior is appointed with furnishings indicative of an inhabitant of a higher social class, and the light coming from the window indicates daytime rather than the shadows of night.


Paul Lafond, Paris.
[Leicester Galleries, London, by 1923].
Jules Strauss, Paris (sale, Paris, Galerie Georges Petit, 15 December 1932, lot 14, as Femme sortant du bain, to);
[Galerie Druet, Paris].
Paul de Laboulaye, Paris, by 1937.
[Galerie Druet, Paris, by 1946].
[Sam Salz, New York, sold 18 May 1960 to];
Erich Maria Remarque (1898-1970), Porto Ronco, in exchange for a Delacroix. By inheritance to his wife;
Paulette Goddard, sold 1978 to;
[Walter Feilchenfeldt, Zurich; offered 10 July 1978 and subsequently sold 21 October 1978 to];
Norton Simon Art Foundation.

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