The paper is about Edgar Degas pastel drawing "The Tub." A little short, but imformative
September 25, 1996
The first time I ever saw the pastel drawing of Edgar Degas The Tub my initial reaction was
nothing more then a sigh. But that interpretation of this work of art changed drastically after reading
more about Mr. Degas life, reasons for his works, and the way he worked.
He was able to completely devote him self to his work, because he had no desire for any
material goods. The way in which he created his art took long amounts of time, with constant
redrawing of his subjects never surrendering it to a single, pose, he attempted at all angles. This is
apparent in many of his works in which the subject is shown in unique positions. Thus, it is done in
order to achieve and bring out what he saw in the subject, and to send the message he wanted the
person observing the picture to perceive.
The woman pictured in this pastel drawing is shown in the intimate confines of her room taking
a bath, with her face and most of her body are visible to us the viewer. We can see a shady outline of
her face with a very pronounced cheek bone and ear. Her body is shown to us from the side, exposing
her chest and thigh. The body is not over emphasized like that of a Rubens, with healthy muscle tone
and voluptuous features. While instead she is shown with very little distinguishable muscle, but it does
not appear flat. Degas shows her body features by shading in certain portions and contrasting colors of
light and dark in the flesh tones on her skin to show muscle and motion...