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The Laundress  1879

by Auguste Renoir

This canvas is Pierre-Auguste Renoir’s earliest painting of a laundress, a prevalent figure in the visual and literary culture of middle-class France in the 19th century. The model for the figure was Nini Lopez, a resident of Montmartre, the Parisian quarter to which Renoir moved in the summer of 1876. Lopez was characterized by writer and art critic Georges Rivière as the...
80.8 × 56.5 cm (31 13/16 × 22 1/4 in.)
Oil on canvas
Courtesy of the Art Institute of Chicago