The woman is shown from behind. The artist finds extraordinary harmony and inner balance in her deliberately ugly pose at first glance. These qualities, as well as the subtle body modeling, the smooth, melodious silhouette line of the depicted, and the painting’s pure light color captivate the viewer. The artist attributes the softness and juiciness of the pastel color to a thorough examination of the “secrets” of pastels in the works of his forefathers. He did, however, bring a lot of his own, novel ideas to this technique. He used the finest nuances of one-color smoothly shaded pastels, a technique dictated to him by Ingres’ rigor and clarity of the drawing, as well as soft transitions of tones gradually enriched with other shades and, finally, energetic bright color strokes that emphasize this or that shape with sharpness. Many of Degas’ discoveries in the field of pastels were used in his painting, and he introduced purely pictorial techniques to pastel works.
There are two other versions of this pastel known to exist: one in a private collection (Pennsylvania) and one in the Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York). Surprisingly, the woman’s pose resembles the central figure in Dominique Ingres’s painting “Turkish Bath” (Louvre, Paris), whose talent Degas always admired.
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About the painting:
Artist: Edgar Degas
Name: Woman Combing Her Hair
Type: Print on canvas
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