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Big Girls in Art: Degas | Manolo for the Big Girl

Big Girls in Art: Degas

This is called “Woman Singing”, by Edgar Degas:

Francesca loves this. The woman singing with abandon, while her friend does the work!

Francesca is with her. It is wonderful to sing and be happy, and then enjoy the fruit of one’s friend’s labor. What could be better? ;-)

5 Responses to “Big Girls in Art: Degas”

  1. Kathleen July 31, 2008 at 8:46 am #

    Well, that’s cute — looks like the reproduction merchant added his own title and interpretation to the work.

    This is Les repasseuses (Women Ironing), one of Degas’s most famous images of laundresses (Musee d’Orsay, Paris: http://www.musee-orsay.fr/en/collections/works-in-focus/painting/commentaire_id/women-ironing-2236.html?tx_commentaire_pi1pidLi=509&tx_commentaire_pi1from=841&cHash=e1121cba6c). The woman is usually seen as taking a break, yawning and stretching her aching back. Belting one out in the laundry does sound like fun, though.

  2. Jennie July 31, 2008 at 9:31 am #

    She’s singing because she got the wine!

  3. Megan August 2, 2008 at 12:39 pm #

    I thought she was yawning…. sleepy after a hard days work, time to kick back with a bottle.

  4. Jennie August 2, 2008 at 3:15 pm #

    Actually, the other lady is mumbling about having to do all the work and she is blocking her ears and singing “lalalalalalala” between swigs.

  5. La BellaDonna August 4, 2008 at 10:31 am #

    It is the famous “Laundress Yawning,” is it not? When did she start to sing? Trust me, the 19th century laundress had not much to sing about. Yawn, yes. Sing – no.