Title:La Sortie du BainArtist:Edgar Degas Date:1879-1880Creation Place:Europe, FranceCredit Line:The John R. Van Derlip FundAccession Number:P.90.1
Edgar Degas's fascination with the human figure led him to depict the female bather for almost thirty years. "The nude has always been portrayed in postures that presuppose an audience," he once said. "But my women are simple, straightforward women, concerned with nothing beyond their physical existence.... It's as though one were peeping through a keyhole."