Morisot used a light palette and long, broad brushstrokes to record this seemingly spontaneous, private moment. The young woman is actually a family friend who often posed for the artist. She is shown here raising her arms to tie her hair, unselfconscious despite her state of partial undress. Although the painting was widely praised when it was exhibited at the final Impressionist exhibition in 1886, it remained unsold and was eventually acquired by the artist’s friend Claude Monet.
|Medium||Oil on canvas|
|Dimensions||36 1/4 x 28 7/8 in. (92.1 x 73.3 cm) Frame: 43 7/8 x 36 1/4 x 3 1/4 in. (111.4 x 92.1 x 8.3 cm)|
|Acquisition||Acquired by Sterling and Francine Clark, 1949|
Berthe Morisot, The Bath, 1885–86, Oil on canvas. The Clark Art Institute, 1955.926.
Lees, Sarah, ed. Nineteenth-Century European Paintings at the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute. Williamstown, MA: Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute; New Haven and London: distributed by Yale University Press, 2012.
The artist (d. 1895); Claude Monet, Paris (by 1896-d. 1926); Michel Monet, Paris, his son, by descent (1926–at least 1941); [Knoedler, New York, sold to Clark, 30 Nov. 1949, as Au Bain]; Robert Sterling Clark (1949–55); Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute, 1955.