"The Tub" by Edgar Degas

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The paper is about Edgar Degas pastel drawing "The Tub." A little short, but imformative

John Remo

September 25, 1996

Edgar Degas

The Tub

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...