Women Ironing

Citation
Women Ironing

Material Information

Title:
Women Ironing
Alternate title:
Laungry maids
Creator:
Degas, Edgar, 1834-1917 ( Artist : painter )
Musee d'Orsay. ID=FPO
Language:
English

Subjects

Subjects / Keywords:
Paris, France
Paris, France
Style: French Realist/Impressionist
School: Realist/Impressionist
Movement: Realism/Impressionism
France
Painting
Genre:
Painting.
picture ( marcgt )
Painting

Notes

Summary:
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.

Record Information

Source Institution:
University of South Florida Library
Holding Location:
University of South Florida
Rights Management:
All applicable rights reserved by the source institution and holding location.
Resource Identifier:
A01-PFF0276 ( USFLDC DOI )
a1.pff0276 ( USFLDC Handle )

Postcard Information

Format:
Photograph

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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.
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Paris, France.
Paris, France.
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Style: French Realist/Impressionist.
School: Realist/Impressionist.
Movement: Realism/Impressionism.
France.
Painting
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Painting.
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Musee d'Orsay. ID=FPO
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t Art and Art History Collection (Saskia)
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Closeup; woman yawning.


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