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The Little Laundry Girl (La Petite Blanchisseuse)

European Art

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.
MEDIUM Color lithograph on wove paper
  • Place Made: France
  • DATES 1895–1896
    DIMENSIONS 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)
    SIGNATURE Upper center in stone: "Bonnard/96" Signed, "P. Bonnard" lower right in pencil
    INSCRIPTIONS Lower right in graphite: "56"; lower right in graphite: "Bonnard"
    COLLECTIONS European Art
    CREDIT LINE By exchange
    MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
    CAPTION 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)
    EDITION Edition: 56/100
    IMAGE overall, 38.444_transp1376.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph
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