DEGAS, Edgar
(b. 1834, Paris, d. 1917, Paris)

The Bath

Plaster, wax, fabric, and metal, 44 x 45 cm
National Gallery of Art, Washington

Since 1880 Degas experimented with sculpture and he modeled more and more as his eyesight declined, making sculptures of ballerinas and horses.

The Bath is not so much a genre scene (a woman at her toilette) as the insertion of a flexed body inside a circle.