After the Bath, Woman Drying her Back1896 by Edgar Degas

" This tense, vital study of a dynamically taut back evinces a passion and an intimacy rarely seen in photographs of the nude up to this date. It carries not the emotive tug of desire but a profoundly intellectual passion for committed scrutiny – a ‘vibrant nervousness’, as Huysmans aptly put it – that takes us far beyond crude voyeurism."
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