Woman Ironing

Edgar Degas, 1892 - 1895

WAG 6645

About this object

Degas's laundress pictures paralleled his more famous ballet dancer series. For both he studied the precise movements of women at work.

The art of Degas was that of a 'Naturalist', depicting what was considered vulgar - laundresses were commonly thought of as borderline prostitutes - in a way that was almost scientific.

A double viewpoint is used - looking straight at the woman's face and down at her board. Her outlined and cropped figure also indicate Degas's debts to both Japanese art and snapshot photography.

Object specifics

  • Other title(s)
    Repasseuse à Contre Jour
  • Artist(s)
    Edgar Degas (French, born:19 July 1834, died:27 September 1917)
  • Date
    1892 - 1895
  • Materials
    Oil; Canvas
  • Measurements
    canvas/support: 80 cm x 63.5 cm
  • Physical description
    Standing woman wearing a salmon pink blouse with the sleeves rolled up to 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 6645; previous number: WAG 2013.6
  • Credit line
    Purchased by the Walker Art Gallery with the assistance of the 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
    Inscription method: Paint
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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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