The Laundress, c.1863
|Artist||Daumier, Honoré Victorin||
About 1845 Daumier moved to the Ile Saint-Louis, to a house situated between the Lauzun and Lambert mansions. This gave him a view of the right bank of the Seine; from the roof he could see the left bank as well, the Ile de la Cite, the Montagne Sainte-Genevieve, and the Pantheon. There was always a line of boats daily filled with hardworking washerwomen who brought their laundry here. After the day’s work they climbed the stairs up to the street carrying heavy loads of wet linen. Children too young to be left at home alone usually accompanied their mothers.
|Institution||The Metropolitan Museum of Art|
|Medium:||Oil on wood|
|Dimensions:||48.9 x 33 cm|