Sleep, by Edgar Degas

French Impressionist painter Edgar Degas performed this work during the years between 1883 and 1885, in monotype – an artistic process that produces a single print. Degas (1834-1917) enjoyed this printing process because it gave him greater freedom of improvisation and spontaneity. He performed more than 400 works of this kind, many of which with intimate scenes of women bathing or in the brothels of that time. In Sleep, Degas first struck and brushed the ink and then moulded it with cloth and fingers to create the composition before printing.
This work is part of the British Museum collection in London.