Edgar Degas (French, 1834–1917)
Charcoal and pastel on light green wove paper, now discolored to warm gray, laid down on silk bolting
32 x 22 1/8 in. (81.3 x 56.2 cm)
Signed and dated (upper left): Degas / 85
H. O. Havemeyer Collection, Bequest of Mrs. H. O. Havemeyer, 1929 (29.100.41)
When Degas exhibited his "suite of nudes," which included this pastel, at the eighth—and final—Impressionist exhibition, in 1886, critics viciously attacked the ungainly poses of his bathers. After the exhibition, Degas gave the picture to Mary Cassatt in exchange for her Girl Arranging Her Hair (National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.). Louisine Havemeyer eventually acquired both pastels.