The Little Laundress, 1896

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Gift of Ruth and Bruce Daytonexpand_more  2001.251.1

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Pierre Bonnard's engaging portrayal of a young laundry worker hauling her heavy basket of clothing along a deserted Parisian street belies the often harsh reality of child labor at the end of the nineteenth century. By that time, some one fifth of the city's working population was engaged in the laundry industry. Most of the workers were women and girls. Influenced in part by Japanese woodcuts, Bonnard presents the subject from an unusually high vantage point, emphasizing the print's flattened perspective, angular design, and bold colors over descriptive details.

Details
Title
The Little Laundress
Artist Life
1867–1947
Role
Artist
Accession Number
2001.251.1
Provenance
Ruth and Bruce Dayton, Wayzata, Minn.; given to MIA, 2001
Catalogue Raisonne
Roger-Marx 42; Bouvet 40
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