Artist: Jean Honoré Fragonard (French, Grasse 1732–1806 Paris)
Date: ca. 1760
Medium: Oil on canvas
Dimensions: 19 1/4 x 23 3/8 in. (48.9 x 59.4 cm)
Credit Line: Harris Brisbane Dick Fund, 1946
Accession Number: 46.30
Rather few eighteenth-century French artists would have painted a laundry, which is evidently what we see here (Chardin would be the significant exception). This picture dates to about 1760, toward the end of Fragonard's first trip to Italy. His impetuous technique falls between the usual stages of preparatory sketch and finished work. The surface has suffered wear and damage, but the central figure group is intact. Fragonard paints the chaotic scene with warmth and feeling.