Laundresses in a Landscape

In a lush forest, a small cascade runs into a placid river. One of two young laundresses working by the riverbank has spotted a boy peeping at them playfully from behind a tree. Boucher often used figures like these in his idealized landscapes to add touches of color—like the laundress's red skirt—and to suggest a lighthearted narrative.

François Boucher

French, 1703–1770

Laundresses in a Landscape


Oil on canvas

19 7/8 x 24 in. (50.5 x 61 cm)

Acquired by the Clark, 2002