Tuesday, October 5, 2021

Art Review "La Blanchisseuse" by Henri de Toulouse-Latrec

Today's #MuseumTourTuesday features a painting that I have not seen in person, as it is part of a private collection. It's one of those pieces that I watch for, hoping to find that one day it will be part of a retrospective, so that I might view the original.

Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec painted this image at the age of 22. The subject is Carmen Gaudin, a prostitute and one of his favorite models. Gaudin was very supportive of the artist's work, and she appears in a number of his paintings, but this one is my favorite.

While the subject matter conveys the hard life of the laundress, there is also a sense of strength and determination. Her hand grips the table, suggesting that she is aware and in control of her current life, while her gaze out the window shows a longing for something more.
"La Blanchisseuse" (The Laundress) • Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec 
• Oil on Canvas • 37" x 30" • 1886

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