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Edgar Degas French, 1834
transfer crayon lithograph with scraping on laid paper Printed by Auguste Clot 42.7 x 48.8 cm; image: 30.5 x 32.5 cm Purchased 1978
National Gallery of Canada (no. 23117)
In this print Degas redrew the bather and her servant and eliminated periphery details so that attention falls upon contrasting visual elements, including the curve of the spine with the vertical line of the arm, and the cascade of the model’s dark hair against the outstretched towel. A more atmospheric distribution of light is achieved through a lighter touch of the lithographic crayon and a scraping away of the crayon from the stone.