Album des peintres-graveurs

The Little Laundress

(French, 1867–1947)
(French, 1858–1936)
(French, 1867–1939)
Image: 29 x 19.7 cm (11 7/16 x 7 3/4 in.); Sheet: 45.4 x 33.7 cm (17 7/8 x 13 1/4 in.)
© Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York
Catalogue raisonné: Bouvet 40
State: I/I
Impression: 46/100
Location: not on view
This artwork is known to be under copyright.

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Bonnard was commissioned to create this print by the renowned art dealer Ambroise Vollard for inclusion in his luxury print portfolio titled Album des peintres-graveurs.


This print depicts one of the many women and girls who worked in the Parisian laundry industry during the late 19th century. Carrying a basket that nearly matches her own size, a small silhouetted figure makes her way down an empty street, either picking up or dropping off clothes to a client. Bonnard represented the scene with minimal detail, portraying the laundress as a dark silhouette in stark contrast to the light cobblestones of the street on which she walks.
The Little Laundress

The Little Laundress


Pierre Bonnard, Auguste Clot, Ambroise Vollard

(French, 1867–1947), (French, 1858–1936), (French, 1867–1939)
France, 19th century

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