Laundresses Carrying Linen in Town (c. 1876-78) by Edgar Degas

Laundresses Carrying Linen in Town - Edgar Degas - 1878

Artwork Information

TitleLaundresses Carrying Linen in Town
ArtistEdgar Degas
MediumOil on Paper
Dimensions46 x 61 cm
Art MovementImpressionism
Current LocationPrivate Collection
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About Laundresses Carrying Linen in Town

Edgar Degas, a prominent figure of Impressionism, created a number of paintings featuring working-class women in Paris during the 19th century. One of these pieces is called “Laundresses carrying linen in town,” which depicts two women carrying baskets full of fresh laundry through the streets.

Through his use of experimental and vivid colors, Degas portrays the movement and daily life of these working-class women with depth and complexity. The painting is an example of impressionist art that captures the everyday scenes and experiences of those who were less-privileged members in society at the time.

This painting tells a story about the challenges faced by working-class women who had to undertake physically demanding jobs to make ends meet. Their work was vital for households around Paris, but their labor was not always recognized or valued appropriately. It highlights how Impressionism documents subjects that were commonly ignored or overlooked during this period in history.

In addition to his painting career, Degas also worked with drawing and sculpture mediums. Today, “Laundresses carrying linen in town” remains part of a private collection cherished by art enthusiasts around the world for its portrayal of everyday life through bold color choices and skilled techniques used by one of Impressionism’s pioneers.

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