The Washerwoman
  • TitleThe Washerwoman
  • Technique/ MaterialOil on canvas
  • DimensionsDimensions: (h x b) 37 x 42,5 cm
    Frame: (h x b x dj) 55 x 61 x 10 cm
  • DatingMade 1733
  • Artist/Maker Artist: Jean Siméon Chardin, French, born 1699-11-02, dead 1779-12-06
  • CategoryPaintings, Paintings
  • Inventory No.NM 780
  • AcquisitionTransferred 1866 from Kongl. Museum (Adolf Fredrik 1771)
  • Collection Carl Gustaf Tessins samling
  • Description
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    The washerwoman was first shown in Paris in 1734, billed as a work in the style of the Flemish 17th-century artist David Tenier. It was also shown at the 1737 Paris Salon, where Chardin’s style was compared to Rembrandt’s. Chardin was influenced by the old master’s frank descriptions of household chores. He also revisited subjects such as the boy blowing bubbles, but his works are always set in a contemporary French milieu.