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lower right: Degas / 85

Provenance

Dikran Khan Kélékian, Paris and New York; (his sale, American Art Association, New York, 30-31 January 1922, 2nd day, no. 153, as The Bather). Neuman. Gerald Brooks; Mrs. Helen Brooks; purchased June 1936 by Marie N. [1903-1970] and W. Averell Harriman [1891-1986], New York and Washington, D.C.;[1] W. Averell Harriman Foundation; gift 1972 to NGA.

Exhibition History
1886
Possibly La 8me Exposition de Peinture [Eighth Impressionist Exhibition], Paris, 1886.
1921
Loan Exhibition of Impressionist and Post-Impressionist Paintings, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, May-September 1921, no. 32, as The Bather.
1921
Paintings by Modern French Masters representing the Post-Impressionists and their Predecessors, Brooklyn Museum, New York, March-April 1921, probably no. 79, as Woman drying her arms.
1921
[untitled exhibition; first showing of a portion of the Kélékian collection], Brooklyn Museum, February 1921, no cat.
1937
French Painting, Marie Harriman Gallery, New York, 1937, no. 4.
1939
Modern French Masters: Important Paintings, Marie Harriman Gallery, New York, 1939, no. 2.
1961
Exhibition of the Marie and Averell Harriman Collection, National Gallery of Art, Washington, 1961, unnumbered catalogue, repro. 18.
1986
The New Painting: Impressionism 1874-1886, National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.; The Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, M. H. de Young Memorial Museum, 1986, no. 140 (shown only in Washington).
2011
Degas and the Nude, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; Musée d'Orsay, Paris, 2011-2012, fig. 141.
Bibliography
1975
European Paintings: An Illustrated Summary Catalogue. National Gallery of Art, Washington, 1975: 100, repro.
1984
Brame/Reff 1984, 113.
1984
Walker, John. National Gallery of Art, Washington. Rev. ed. New York, 1984: 478, no. 703, color repro.
1985
European Paintings: An Illustrated Catalogue. National Gallery of Art, Washington, 1985: 122, repro.
1986
The New Painting: Impressionism 1874-1886. Exh. cat. The Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco; National Gallery of Art, Washington. San Francisco, 1986: 140.
1988
The Art of Paul Gauguin. National Gallery of Art, Washington, 1988: 83.
1995
Callen, Anthea. The Spectacular Body: Science, Method, and Meaning in the Work of Degas. New Haven and London, 1995: fig. 90.
1996
Kendall, Richard. Beyond Impressionism. London, 1996: 141-142, fig. 162.
2014
Lloyd, Christopher. Edgar Degas: drawings and pastels. Los Angeles, J. Paul Getty Museum, 236.