Combing the Hair ('La Coiffure')

This important work depicts one of the artist's favourite subjects in his later years. It is based on several drawings and an earlier pastel. The bold treatment of the subject and limited range of colour are typical of Degas's works of this period.

This picture was once owned by Matisse.

Key facts

Artist dates
1834 - 1917
Full title
Combing the Hair ('La Coiffure')
Date made
about 1896
Medium and support
Oil on canvas
114.3 x 146.7 cm
Acquisition credit
Bought (Knapping Fund), 1937
Inventory number
Location in Gallery