- Inventory number
- Rico y Ortega, Martín
- Washerwomen at the Varenne River, France
- 1864 - 1865
- 85 cm x 160 cm
- Genre and Society
- On display
- 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.