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Great Paintings: Combing the Hair by Edgar Degas

Unexpected, entertaining and truthful

La Coiffure (Combing the Hair) by Edgar Degas, c. 1896. Source Wikimedia Commons

Combing the Hair is a surprisingly large painting, nearly a meter-and-a-half wide. It shows a young woman having her hair combed by an attendant, perhaps a maid or a servant. It was typical of Edgar Degas to wish to paint a modern urban, domestic scene like this, and to imbue it with a disposition reminiscent of…

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