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Pierre-Cécile Puvis de Chavannes: 'A Maid combing a Woman's Hair'

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This sketch is one of a number of representations of this subject by the artist which relate to a larger painting of 1883 (Paris, Musée d'Orsay).

The motif of a partially clothed woman having her hair combed had long appealed to artists, and most notably to Degas.

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