Degas and the Laundress: Women, Work, and Impressionism

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Degas and the Laundress: Women, Work, and Impressionism

Published on October 17, 2023

This exhibition is the first to explore Impressionist artist Edgar Degas’s representations of Parisian laundresses. The industry fascinated Degas throughout his long career and he created about 30 depictions of laundresses, a selection of which is united for the first time in this exhibition. The artworks from this series, revolutionary in their emphasis on women’s work, the strenuousness of such labor, and social class, were featured in Degas’s earliest and most significant exhibitions, where they were praised by critics as epitomizing modernity.

Also on view are paintings, drawings, and prints of the same subject by the artist’s contemporaries, including Gustave Caillebotte, Berthe Morisot, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, and Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec.

The exhibition runs from October 8, 2023 – January `4, 2024 at the Cleveland Museum of Art, 11150 East Blvd., Cleveland OH 44106.

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