OIL PAINTING: The Tub, 1886
Degas followed a long line of European artists who were enamored with pastels. In his works Leonardo da Vinci
used black and red chalk with yellow pastel highlights to complete a portrait drawing of "Isabelle d'Este, Duchess of Mantua" in 1499. Degas was among many working in pastel during the late 19th and early 20th centuries -''The Tub, 1886''. Other pastel painters include Edouard Manet, James McNeill Whistler, Mary Cassatt and Odilon Redon.