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Woman Ironing

Woman Ironing

(French, 1868–1940)
Unframed: 21.4 x 25.4 cm (8 7/16 x 10 in.)
Location: not on view

Did You Know?

In 1888, Vuillard wrote in his journal: "A form or a color exists only in relation to another. Form does not exist on its own. We can only conceive of the relations."


In this quiet scene, the laundress concentrates on the garment before her as a sliver of morning light illuminates the side of her face and her cup. Vuillard, an artist concerned with domestic life, often portrayed women at work. Many members of his family worked with textiles, as reflected in the artist's focus on laundresses, seamstresses, and patterned clothing.
  • Alfred Athis Natanson [1873-1932], Paris France
    passed to his daughter, Annette Charbonnier [1901–2002], Paris, France
    passed to her son, Jean Philippe Charbonnier [1921–2004], Paris, France
    (Galerie Hopkins, Paris, France, April 26, 2013, sold to Nancy F. and Joseph P. Keithley)
    Nancy F. and Joseph P. Keithley, Cleveland, OH, given to the Cleveland Museum of Art
    The Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, OH
    Provenance Footnotes
    1 According to Pierre Georgel, Édouard Vuillard, K.-X. Roussel (Paris: Réunion des Musées nationaux, 1968), pp. 69, 145, cat. no. 14. Alfred Natanson used the pseudonym Alfred Athis for his playwright career. 
    2 According to a bill of sale in the curatorial file.
  • Georgel, Pierre. Édouard Vuillard, K.-X. Roussel. Haus der Kunst, Munich, 16 mars-12 mai 1968. Orangerie des Tuileries, 28 mai-16 septembre 1968. Paris, France: Réunion des Musées nationaux, 1968. Mentioned: P. 69; Reproduced: P. 145, no. 14
    Salomon, Antoine, Guy Cogeval, and Mathias Chivot. Vuillard, the Inexhaustible Glance: Critical Catalogue of Paintings and Pastels. Milan, Italy: Skira, 2003. Mentioned and Reproduced: Vol. I, P. 281, no. IV-98
    Salsbury, Britany. Degas and the Laundress: Women, Work, and Impressionism Exh. Cat. Cleveland: Cleveland Museum of Art, 2023. Reproduced: p. 171
  • Degas and the Laundress: Women, Work, and Impressionism. The Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, OH (organizer) (October 8, 2023-January 14, 2024).
    Impressionism to Modernism: The Keithley Collection. The Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, OH (organizer) (September 11, 2022-January 8, 2023).
    Edouard Vuillard, K-X Roussel. Haus der Kunst, Munich, Germany (March 16-May 12, 1968); Musee de l'Orangerie, Paris, France (May 28-September 16, 1968).
    Édouard Vuillard. Musée de l'Orangerie, Paris, France (1966).
    Édouard Vuillard. Musée National d'Art Moderne, Paris, France (1960-1961).
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