Inventory number
P04494
Author
Rico y Ortega, Martín (Spanish)
Title
Washerwomen at the Varenne River
Technique
Óleo
Support
Lienzo
Dimensions
85 cm x 160 cm
School
Española
Theme
Género y sociedad
On display
Yes
Provenance
Acquisition, 1867

Accompanied by two girls, a group of sixteen washerwomen work on the banks of the Seine River. The city skyline appears in the background.

This silent and secluded scene stands out for its horizontal composition, which is barely altered by the verticality of some trees, and the use of light to create chiaroscuro tensions, bringing out the figures of the washerwomen and the river in front of the mass of trees and the city.

The work was acquired in 1867 and sent to the Museum of Fine Arts of Seville that same year. From there it was sent to the now-defunct Museum of Modern Art. After the Prado Museum recovered it, it was put on display at the Casón del Buen Retiro in 1982.

 
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