DEGAS, Edgar
(b. 1834, Paris, d. 1917, Paris)

Two Laundresses

1884
Oil on canvas, 76 x 81 cm
Musée d'Orsay, Paris

Degas's paintings of the working class have a social content. He took up themes treated earlier by Honoré Daumier and painted women ironing, washerwomen, milliners. In contrast to Daumier, Degas saw no heroism in everyday modern work.