"The Tub" By Edgar Degas Essay

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The paper is about Edgar Degas pastel drawing "The Tub." A little short, but imformativeJohn RemoSeptember 25, 1996Edgar DegasThe TubThe first time I ever saw the pastel drawing of Edgar Degas The Tub my initial reaction wasnothing more then a sigh. But that interpretation of this work of art changed drastically after readingmore 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 anymaterial goods. The way in which he created his art took long amounts of time, with constantredrawing of his subjects never surrendering it to a single, pose, he attempted at all angles. This isapparent in many of his works in which the subject is shown in unique positions. Thus, it is done inorder to achieve and bring out what he saw in the subject, and to send the message he wanted theperson observing the picture to perceive.The woman pictured in this pastel drawing is shown in the intimate confines of her room takinga bath, with her face and most of her body are visible to us the viewer. We can see a shady outline ofher face with a very pronounced cheek bone and ear. Her body is shown to us from the side, exposingher chest and thigh. The body is not over emphasized like that of a Rubens, with healthy muscle toneand voluptuous features. While instead she is shown with very little distinguishable muscle, but it doesnot appear flat. Degas shows her body features by shading in certain portions and contrasting colors oflight and dark in the flesh tones on her skin to show muscle and motion like Caravaggio to some extent,minus the muscles.The model is in...

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