Edgar Degas (1834-1917), La toilette, lecture après le bain, ca. 1879-1883, monotypie op vergépapier, 27,7 x 37,9 cm (plaat) / 35,3 x 51,2 cm (papier), Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam

Van Gogh Museum – acquisition monotype Degas

Last year, the Van Gogh Museum purchased La toilette, lecture après le bain (1879-1883), a monotype in black by Edgar Degas. Black monotypes by Degas are rare and during his lifetime were hidden treasures, as they never left his atelier. Through this acquisition, now the first black monotype is part of a Dutch museum collection. There are only thirty other black monotypes to be found in private and museum collections worldwide.

La toilette, lecture après le bain will now be displayed to the public for the first time in the exhibition Easy Virtue, which will take place in the Van Gogh Museum from the February 19 until June 19, 2016. The work forms a good example of Degas’s less conventional nudes and will play an important role in the exhibition with regards to the representation of prostitution and brothel life in France in the nineteenth century. Degas’s work will be displayed in a print cabinet, which holds a presentation of the collection’s most intimate scenes on paper.

The Mondriaan Fonds contributed to the purchase with Support for Individual Acquisitions in Heritage Institutes.