The Laundresses, c. 1880-1882


Etching and aquatintexpand_more

Gift of Mrs. E. Bates McKeeexpand_more  P.75.44

Not on Viewexpand_more

A prodigious and innovative printmaker, Degas was a keen observer of daily life in Paris, especially the working world of milliners and laundresses. In this mixed intaglio print, he presents a sympathetic portrayal of two women ironing clothes in what appears to be a basement laundry, while a third woman rests with head in hand. Echoing his own social concerns for the often miserable lives of the working poor, Degas repeatedly explored the subject of laundresses and other workers in his paintings, drawings, and prints.

The Laundresses
Artist Life
1834 - 1917
Accession Number
Mrs. Charles S. Pillsbury, Minneapolis (bought in Paris, from 1925); her daughter, Mrs. E. Bates McKee, Annapolis, Md. (until 1975; gave to MIA)
Catalogue Raisonne
Deteil 37 i/iv; Adhemar 32; Reed & Shapiro 48 i/iv
Curator Approved

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