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Women Ironing, c. 1884

Edgar Degas

French, 1834-1917
Oil on canvas
32-3/8 x 29-3/4 in. (82.2 x 75.6 cm)
Norton Simon Art Foundation
© Norton Simon Art Foundation

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Paris was famous for its laundries, which serviced a large portion of the city and its suburbs. Many artists and writers used these laundries as subjects. Writing on Degas' laundresses, de Goncourt hailed the laundry profession, as well as that of the dance, "as supplying a modern artist with the most pictorial models among the women of today." Over a thirty-year period, Degas created twenty-seven works depicting laundresses, with many variations on the same poses.

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