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Title: Woman Ironing
Date: between 1892 and 1895
Artist: Edgar Degas
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Nationality: French
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Materials: Oil; Canvas
Information: 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.
Accession no: WAG 6645
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, on display