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Maybe the Best Reason to Catch Degas and the Nude at the MFA…

Is the large work, After the Bath (Woman Drying Herself), from about 1896, on loan from the Philadelphia Museum of Art. This approach to the figure, and use of color, seems to anticipate much of what happens in the 20th Century in terms of figurative expression meeting drawing and the handling of the line. While the show is a great companion to the de Kooning that just closed down at the MOMA after a stellar run, it is worth it to head over to the MFA before February 5th, if for nothing else, than to see this painting in person. The color isn’t done justice in any reproduction.

You can catch my longer review of the show at ArtsAmerica:

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