Peasant Hanging out the Washing (1881) by Berthe Morisot

Peasant Hanging out the Washing - Berthe Morisot - 1881

Artwork Information

TitlePeasant Hanging out the Washing
ArtistBerthe Morisot
MediumOil on Canvas
Dimensions18 x 26 1/4" (46 x 67 cm)
Current LocationNy Carlsberg Glyptotek, Copenhagen

About Peasant Hanging out the Washing

Peasant Hanging Out the Washing is an 1875 painting in the Impressionist style by the leading female French artist Berthe Morisot. This work can be found at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., United States. The painting portrays a scene from Gennevilliers, a village outside Paris, where Morisot’s husband’s family owned property. The painting proves that despite having limited resources and technologies, art can convey a powerful message and emotion.

Hanging the Laundry out to Dry demonstrates Morisot’s signature Impressionist style. She often used bold colours and distinct brush strokes to create an atmospheric piece of art. Morisot was known for her unique approach to capturing natural outdoor scenes; she was also one of the few women artists to work during this time period who wasn’t restricted by society or location.

Morisot later moved on from depictions of outdoor setting in art, producing another masterpiece called La Lecture in 1869-1870. The oil painting portrays a woman reading alone in a bedroom — again showing off her incomparable skill with painted lines and shades as well as her masterful ability to capture emotion through artwork. Morisot proved to be one of the most talented French painters of her time period and Peasant Hanging Out the Washing serves as an excellent example of her skill and creativity as an artist.

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