[Seated Nude]

Object Details

Title:

[Seated Nude]

Artist/Maker(s):

Attributed to Edgar Degas (French, 1834 - 1917)

Culture:

French

Date:

1895

Medium:

Gelatin silver print

Dimensions:

17 x 12.1 cm (6 11/16 x 4 3/4 in.)

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Like Edgar Degas's Nude (Drying Herself), this photograph of a woman putting on stockings shares the specific theme, the awkward intimacy, and the formal compositional qualities of some of his drawings and paintings of women in various stages of undress.

Degas, a bachelor, showed a strong curiosity about the private, everyday rituals women perform–bathing, dressing, and ironing. Yet he would have had few opportunities to candidly observe a woman in this position. Scholars are uncertain whether Degas posed an artist's model in his studio or actually took his camera to a brothel.

Exhibitions
Degas (February 9, 1988 to January 8, 1989)
  • Galeries nationales du Grand Palais, (Paris), February 9 to May 16, 1988, (Cat.)
  • National Gallery of Canada, (Ottawa), June 16 to August 28, 1988, (Cat.)
  • The Metropolitan Museum of Art, (New York), September 27, 1988 to January 8, 1989, (Cat.)
Edgar Degas, Photographer (October 8, 1998 to August 22, 1999)
  • The Metropolitan Museum of Art, (New York), October 8, 1998 to January 3, 1999, (Cat. 40a)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center, (Los Angeles), February 2 to March 28, 1999, (Cat. 40a)
  • Bibliothèque nationale de France, (Paris), May 31 to August 22, 1999, (Cat. 40a)
Degas at the Getty (March 7 to June 11, 2006)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center, (Los Angeles), March 7 to June 11, 2006, (Cat. no cat.)
Degas: Master of French Art (December 12, 2008 to March 22, 2009)
  • National Gallery of Australia, (Canberra), December 12, 2008 to March 22, 2009, (Cat. 97)
Exposed: Voyeurism, Surveillance, and the Camera (May 28, 2010 to September 11, 2011)
  • San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, (San Francisco), November 6, 2010 to April 17, 2011, (Cat. 37)