Femme se Coiffant (Woman Arranging her Hair)

Maker and role
Artist: Edgar Degas, French, 1834-1917
ca. 1892, cast 1924
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Object detail

height, 18 3/8in (46.7cm)
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Mary and Sylvan Lang Collection
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Further information
In this bronze sculpture, Edgar Degas presents a nude woman, her body leaned forward and her face obscured as she styles her hair. The composition of the figure is similar to those found in Degas' paintings of women bathing. The artist exhibits a greater interest in the curves of the body and the actions of the model than in capturing her personality or identity. More so than his posed representations of dancers, the nude served throughout Degas' life as a subject for exploring new ideas and styles.
The Sylvan and Mary Lang Collection: An Exhibition on the Occasion of the Opening of the Sylvan and Mary Lang Galleries, March, 1973; 1973; no. 45
Modern Art at the McNay: A Brief History and Pictorial Survey of the Collection; William J. Chiego; 2001; p. 43
Signature & date
Signed on base: Degas
Inscribed on base: 50/H Cire Perdue A.A. Hebrard
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