Edgar Degas
Bed-Time c.1880–5

Artwork details

Edgar Degas 1834–1917
Le Coucher
Date c.1880–5
Medium Pastel and print on paper
Dimensions Support: 229 x 445 mm
Frame: 330 x 543 x 30 mm
Acquisition Presented by C. Frank Stoop 1933
Not on display

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Like a number of Degas' smaller pastels, this picture began life as a monotype, printed directly onto paper from a drawing by the artist. The silvery grey marks of the monotype can be seen clearly in the curtain and the pillow. Following the composition and tonal structure established by the monotype, Degas worked on the image with pastels, often submerging the original print under several layers of colour. The scene might be thought part of the standard repertoire of eroticism, were it not for the fact that the figure is wearing a rather domestic-looking night cap.

August 2004

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