Since then I've been thinking a lot about those bathers, revisiting some of those gorgeous images and reading up on Degas' methods and intentions. He painted literally hundreds of these beautiful images. I thought I'd share a few here just for you to enjoy.
Edgar Degas. Woman Combing Her Hair. 1885.
Edgar Degas. Woman Drying Her Hair. 1889.
These were painted over a span of many years so it's interesting to see the progression of style and emphasis. Degas' eyesight began to decline in his mid-thirties due to retinal disease and he painted many bathers after he had lost his central vision and much of his ability to see color. (Read a fascinating account of the loss of eyesight by Degas and Claude Monet in this article by Tracie White)
Edgar Degas. After the Bath, Woman with a Towel. 1893-97.
I've had a lot of fun playing with my new toy this week. It was easy to learn and I am amazed at how much the stylus feels and works like a pencil in my hand. The first thing I did was jot some quotes on top of detail images from some works-in-progress. I post them here in honor of my creative, inspiring friends (that's you)!
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