Bather Stepping into a Tub, Edward Degas, c. 1890


I’m not crazy about all those pastel ballerinas but I like this a great deal. Particularly the yellow and the blue and those shapes made by leg, arm and breast. They’re so deliberate, so important. Without them the whole piece would be flat. The shadow in front of the knee, the reflected light on the inside of the tub. By contrast her upper back is almost disappearing into the yellow wall. And the colours on the body: green, yellow, pink,   blue, grey, the lower leg in the bath a dark pinky red.


Sketch copy in situ

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