The Charles E. Gagnon Museum and Sculpture Garden invites you to experience the power of human movement through our new exhibition, Gagnon and Degas. This exhibition incorporates two privately-owned Degas lithographs printed by Georges W. Thornely and inspired by the classical theme After the Bath. Influenced by 19th century French Impressionism and Realism, Edgar Degas’s After the Bath study emphasizes the supple movement and dancer-like motions of the female body within an ordinary context. With Degas’s inspiration in mind, Charles E. Gagnon created his own rendition of After the Bath that celebrates the same beauty of movement in this female pose. Though he mimics the graceful bending and standing postures of Degas’s bathers, Gagnon approaches the subject from a 20th-century perspective and with the eye of a professional sculptor. The bronzes that emerge through Gagnon’s interpretation reflect his belief that people are truly alive and capable of moving in ways that exemplify the human spirit.