Berthe Morisot (1841–1895)
The Bath, 1885–86
Oil on canvas, 36 1/4 x 28 7/8 in. (92.1 x 73.3 cm)
Acquired by Sterling and Francine Clark, 1949
Looking out toward the viewer, a young lady in a white shift reaches up to tie her hair with a black ribbon. Already wearing a blue choker around her neck and rouge on her cheeks, she is doubtless getting herself ready to go out into the world. Like many pictures by Morisot, the canvas depicts an intimate moment in the domestic life of a respectable young lady, here captured with both a delicacy and a painterly boldness that places it among the painter's most successful compositions. Morisot herself seems to have been very fond of the work, keeping it until her death, when it passed to her friend Claude Monet.
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