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Woman adjusting her hair
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Woman adjusting her hair

Circa 1884

Edgar Germain Hilaire Degas (1834-1917)

Charcoal, chalk and pastel on two sheets of buff-coloured laid paper

Width: 59.9 cm ( paper ); Height: 63 cm ( paper ); Depth: 5.5 cm ( frame ); Height: 76 cm ( frame ); Width: 72 cm ( frame );

Inscription, mark, stamped, lower right & recto:
mark of Degas' studio sale

Acquisition (source, method, date)
Courtauld, Samuel; bequest; 1948

About this work
This elegantly posed woman adjusting her hair may be a customer in a milliner’s shop. Degas has rendered her in bold strokes of charcoal highlighted with luminous areas of pastel. The model’s sinuous posture and the unusual angle contribute to the drawing’s expressive power. Extensive alterations indicate that Degas substantially rethought his initial ideas. The earlier design is visible along the curve of the model’s back and right arm. Degas added a second sheet of paper at the top, allowing him to lengthen the figure. (Permanent collection label)

This work is not on display
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Copyright: © The Samuel Courtauld Trust, The Courtauld Gallery, London

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