The Laundry Worker (1884 – 1888) by Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec

The Laundry Worker - Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec - 1884 - 1888

Artwork Information

TitleThe Laundry Worker
ArtistHenri de Toulouse-Lautrec
Date1884 - 1888
Dimensions93 x 75 cm
Art MovementPost-Impressionism
Current LocationPrivate Collection

About The Laundry Worker

“The Laundry Worker,” painted by Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec between 1884 and 1888, is a work of art rendered in oil on canvas measuring 93 x 75 cm. This portrait is representative of the Post-Impressionism movement and is currently held in a private collection.

The artwork captures the essence of a quotidian scene centered on a solitary laundry worker. The focal point of the composition is the figure of a woman depicted from a side view. Her posture implies engagement in a mundane task, possibly working at a laundromat or within a domestic setting. Toulouse-Lautrec’s attention to realism is reflected in the naturalistic depiction of the woman’s attire and her concentrated expression. She is dressed in a simple white blouse and a dark skirt, bent slightly forward in a gesture that suggests diligent labor. The muted background, consisting of indistinct forms and shadows, allows the viewer to focus on the subject’s form and the act she is performing. By showcasing the worker in such an intimate and honest manner, Toulouse-Lautrec provides insight into the everyday lives of the working class, a recurring theme in his oeuvre.

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