Woman Ironing

Edgar Degas, 1892 - 1895

WAG 6645

About this object

This is the last in a series of women ironing which Degas had started in the early 1870s. Degas’s laundress pictures paralleled his more famous ballet dancer series. For both he studied the precise movements of women at work. With his ‘Naturalist’ approach, he depicted subjects commonly considered vulgar – laundresses were perceived as borderline prostitutes. The woman here appears strong and dignified. Degas has also emphasised the painting’s aesthetic effects. A combination of rose-red and green helps intensify the colours. The woman’s outlined and cropped figure reveals Degas’s debts to Japanese art and snapshot photography.

Object specifics

  • Other title(s)
    Repasseuse à Contre Jour
  • Artist(s)
    Edgar Degas (French, born:1834-07-19, died:1917-09-27)
  • Date
    1892 - 1895
  • Materials
    Canvas; Oil paint
  • Measurements
    canvas/support: 80 cm x 63.5 cm
  • Physical description
    Standing woman wearing a salmon pink blouse with the sleeves rolled up to the elbows and blue skirt, shown ironing a green dress and silhouetted against a curtained doorway.
  • Related people
    Edgar Degas (Artist/maker); Executors of The Late Mrs A E Pleydell-Bouverie (Previous owner)
  • Other number(s)
    WAG Inventory Number: 6645; previous number: WAG 2013.6
  • Credit line
    Purchased by the Walker Art Gallery with the assistance of Art Fund and the V&A Purchase Grant Fund in 1968
  • Location
    Walker Art Gallery, Room 10
  • Collection
    From the Walker Art Gallery collections

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  • Inscription text: Mark of the 1st Vente Degas
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  • Inscription text: Douanes de Paris, Bureau de St. Lazare
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  • Inscription text: Rey and Perro / 51, Rue de la Rochefouchald
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    Inscription location: Back; Canvas
  • Inscription text: Made in France
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  • Inscription text: 16188 / M3441 / 1188d / 32
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  • Inscription text: Tate Gallery, Private Views / No. 152, Le Repassuse / Mrs. Playdell Bouverie
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  • Inscription text: Collection Georges Viau / : Imp. Marl. Gerson / Entry: / Broker: P. & Co. / Ref: A 3855 / c/s 744
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