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Woman Combing Her Hair Before a Mirror, c. 1877

Edgar Degas

French, 1834-1917
Oil on canvas
18-3/8 x 12-3/4 in. (46.7 x 32.4 cm)
Norton Simon Art Foundation
M.1968.03.P
© 2012 Norton Simon Art Foundation

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Women attending to their personal needs in the privacy of their rooms was a constant theme in Degas' work. He owned a large collection of Japanese prints, including a series on women bathing. This painting of a partially clothed figure, arranging her hair before a mirror, has its antecedents in such compositions.

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