During the 1870s, Boldini painted a number of landscapes in suburban locations outside Paris. In this scene, he recorded the sunlit figures, foliage, and water with broad touches of the brush. Both the subject and the handling recall the work of the emerging Impressionist artists. Boldini also made a more detailed painting of the same scene, for which this small-scale work may have served as a preparatory sketch.
|Medium||Oil on panel|
|Dimensions||5 3/8 x 7 7/8 in. (13.7 x 20 cm)|
|Acquisition||Acquired by Sterling and Francine Clark, 1924|
Giovanni Boldini, Washerwomen, 1874, Oil on panel. The Clark Art Institute, 1955.653.
Lees, Sarah, ed. Nineteenth-Century European Paintings at the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute. Williamstown, MA: Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute; New Haven and London: distributed by Yale University Press, 2012.
[Knoedler, Paris, sold to Clark, 6 May 1924, as Laveuses]; Robert Sterling Clark (1924–55); Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute, 1955.