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Returning from the Laundry

Returning from the Laundry


Théophile Alexandre Steinlen Edmond D. Sagot

(Swiss, 1859–1923)

Color softground zinc etching and aquatint

Support: Arches wove paper

Image: 39.9 x 44.2 cm (15 11/16 x 17 3/8 in.); Sheet: 58.8 x 44.2 cm (23 1/8 x 17 3/8 in.)

The Fanny Tewksbury King Collection 1956.736

Catalogue raisonné: Crauzat 41

State: III/III

Edition: edition of 50



An avowed socialist, Théophile Alexandre Steinlen made the inhabitants of Montmartre, the working-class Paris neighborhood where he lived, the subject of his prints. Here, three women lean with exhaustion while attempting to balance wrapped bundles of laundry that they have just washed. Their disengaged and unfocused expressions suggest both the physical and mental toll of their difficult labor and long hours. Given the affordability of Montmartre, laundresses were common there and often lived alongside artists such as Steinlen.

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PR - Etching
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