The Little Laundry Girl (La Petite Blanchisseuse)
The Little Laundry Girl represents the epitome of Pierre Bonnard’s explorations of japonisme, the influence and study of Japanese art among European artists in the late nineteenth century. Its bold color, oblique organization, and elevated viewpoint reflect the compositions of Japanese prints, which permeated the Parisian art scene in the 1860s and 1870s. This work, which aestheticizes child labor, was Bonnard’s first color print commissioned by Ambroise Vollard, marking a new and dynamic period of the artist’s career.
Color lithograph on wove paper
Image: 11 7/16 x 7 7/8 in. (29.1 x 20 cm)
Sheet: 20 3/4 x 15 1/4 in. (52.7 x 38.7 cm) (show scale)
Upper center in stone: "Bonnard/96"
Signed, "P. Bonnard" lower right in pencil
Lower right in graphite: "56"; lower right in graphite: "Bonnard"
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Pierre Bonnard (French, 1867-1947). The Little Laundry Girl (La Petite Blanchisseuse), 1895-1896. Color lithograph on wove paper, Image: 11 7/16 x 7 7/8 in. (29.1 x 20 cm). Brooklyn Museum, By exchange, 38.444. © artist or artist's estate (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 38.444_transp1376.jpg)
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