Art and Art History Collection (Saskia)

Women Ironing Laungry maids

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Saskia, Ltd., Cultural Documentation

Abstract

Among Degas's pictures of women, he fostered an interest over many years in the subject of laundresses. These "women ironing" are far from idealized. Degas's laundresses would have been familiar figures. He shows them sweating away in cramped, dark basements, enabling the well-to-do to have clean, crisp shirts in which to go to the opera, and fresh bed and table linen for elegant sleeping and dining. What Degas conveys is the posture and gesture involved in this menial but skilled work. The arm that lifts and moves the weighty iron contrasts with the woman's other hand, used delicately to maneuver the cloth. As with his dancers, Degas is fascinated by a body so engrossed in activity that it is unselfconscious.

Keywords

Paris, France, Paris, France, Style: French Realist/Impressionist, School: Realist/Impressionist, Movement: Realism/Impressionism, France, Painting;, Painting

Subject: topical

Style: French Realist/Impressionist; School: Realist/Impressionist; Movement: Realism/Impressionism; France; Painting;

Subject: geographic

Paris, France; Paris, France

Time Period

Ca. 1884

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Genre

Painting; picture

Holding Location

University of South Florida USF

Collection

Art and Art History (Saskia)

Identifier

A01-PFF0275

Women Ironing Laungry maids

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