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The Laundress (La Blanchisseuse)  1761

by Jean-Baptiste Greuze

"This little laundress is charming, but she's a rascal I wouldn't trust an inch," the critic Denis Diderot declared when this painting was first exhibited in 1761. Indeed, Jean-Baptiste Greuze stripped the traditional theme of the washerwoman of its association with the virtue of hard work and instead overlaid it with a titillating sensuality typical of Rococo art. In a ro...
40.6 x 33 cm
Oil on canvas
Courtesy of The Getty