Les Laveuses (The Laundresses)

Paul Gauguin (French, 1848-1903)

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Women washing laundry along the Aven River was a common sight in Pont-Aven. In Gauguin's motif, one woman stands in profile at left, while another, wearing a simple work coiffe, kneels at the washboard.

Gauguin bird's eye view looks down upon the eddies and waves of the rocky river. The curving lines and shapes form a decorative, nearly abstract pattern, and the absence of sky seems to flatten the space.

Instead of hand-coloring like Bernard, Gauguin relies upon the canary yellow paper and ink washes to realize his design.

Paul Sérusier [1863-1927], Paris and Châteauneuf du Faou; by inheritance to his widow, Marguerite Sérusier [1879-1950]; to her friend Paule Henriette Boutaric, Paris;{1} posthumous sale of Boutaric collection at (Ader Picard Tajan, Paris) in 1984;{2} Sam Josefowitz, Lausanne; given to Indianapolis Museum of Art in 1998.

{1}Paule Henriette Boutaric collaborated on the publication by Marcel Guicheteau, Paul Sérusier, Paris, 1976. "Collections H. Boutaric" appears in pencil on the verso.
{2}Ader Picard Tajan, Paris, "Tableaux Modernes, Dessins, Aquarelles, Sculptures, Estampes provenant de la succession P. Sérusier et de la succession de Mademoiselle Boutaric, 19-20 June 1984, lot. no. 478. A stamp from this sale appears on the verso.

Object Information

artist
Paul Gauguin (French, 1848-1903)
creation date
1889
materials
zincograph
dimensions
8-1/2 x 10-3/8 in. (image)
13 x 18-5/8 in. (sheet)
mark descriptions
Signed in plate, lower right: P Gauguin
Stamp on verso: "Vente des 19 et 20 juin 1984, Ader Picard-Tajan, (1) 261.80.07 Paris, Boutaric/Sérusier"
Handwritten on verso in pencil: "Collections H. Boutaric"
series
Dessins Lithographiques
accession number
1998.193
credit line
Gift of Samuel Josefowitz in tribute to Bret Waller and Ellen Lee
copyright
collection
Prints, Drawings, and Photographs
deaccessioned on
12.17.2009
reason
Duplicate/Redundant
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