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Women at work provided inspiration for many artists but sure you will be surprised how many artists had painted woman ironing and how they depicted them more than once
Laundresses were already recognised as a French artist’s subject. Chardin and Greuze had painted them in the eighteenth century. More recently, in the new realist tradition, Honoré Daumier, a painter Degas admired, had depicted them more than once. François Bonvin (1817–1887) painted Woman ironing in 1858 (now in Philadelphia; an 1856 oil sketch is in National Museum Wales), and in the same year Pierre Edouard Frère painted a woman at the same task, The Laundress (Haworth Art Gallery, Accrington).
The supreme poet of ironing is the painter Edgar Degas. He’s best known for the long series of paintings, pastels and drawings on ballet, the theatre and racing, but from 1869 he added another theme, that of laundresses, especially those engaged in ironing. There are 27 extant depictions of them. On 19 November 1872 Degas wrote to his friend the painter James Tissot from New Orleans, where he was visiting his American relatives, «…everything is beautiful in this world of the people. But one Paris laundry girl, with bare arms, is worth it all for such a pronounced Parisian as I am. The right way is to collect oneself, and one can only collect oneself by seeing little»
(Andrew Green)

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  2. 2. Pehr Hilleström (Swedish, 1733-1816) Interior from Näs estate
  3. 3. AntonioMorano(Spanish,1943)
  4. 4. Antonio Mesa Alguacil (Spanish, 1930-) Paño plancha y nueces Spain Spain
  5. 5. Theclusterofancientirons(beingheatedfromthesamesource) G.g. Kopilak (American, 1942) Self-Portrait in Iron
  6. 6. Bernard Buffet (French, 1928-1999) Les fers a repasser, 1955
  7. 7. Bernard Buffet (French, 1928-1999) Kunstmuseum Basel Bernard Buffet Nature morte a la bouteille et au fer a repasser
  8. 8. Old pressing irons
  9. 9. Sculptures on the old pressing irons
  10. 10. Ciprian Costaș Old pressing iron
  11. 11. DanMarianRădulea Călcătoreasa Manolo Ruiz Pipo (Spanish, 1929-1998) La repasseuse
  12. 12. Corneliu Baba (Romanian, 1906 - 1997) Călcătoreasă Muzeul de Arta Craiova Călcătoreasă 1969 Colecția artistului Călcătoreasă
  13. 13. CorneliuBaba Călcătoreasă1982 CorneliuBaba(Romanian,1906-1997)Călcătoreasă
  14. 14. Dmitry Krasnopevtsev (Russian, 1925 – 1995) Le fer à repasser 1969
  15. 15. FrankInnocent(French,1912-1983) Naturemorteauferàrepasser,1965 Marcel Bénaïs (France, 1957)
  16. 16. Jean Viollier (Swiss, 1896 – 1924) Nature morte au fer à repasser Nature morte au masque
  17. 17. Europa, Spain Decorative art, any of those arts that are concerned with the design and decoration of objects that are chiefly prized for their utility, rather than for their purely aesthetic qualities.  Many decorative arts, such as basketry or pottery, are also commonly considered to be craft, but the definitions of both terms are arbitrary. It should also be noted that the separation of decorative arts from art forms such as painting and sculpture is a modern distinction
  18. 18. Fluting machine and pressing iron Austria Collection d'outils de repassage - Gouesnach-village
  19. 19. MariusBartholoty Sewing,1906 Maximilien Luce (French, 1858 -1941) La repasseuse 1895-1900
  20. 20. JohnMyers(British,1944)PlancheaRepasser JohnMyers(British,1944)PlancheaRepasser Beastatthewindow
  21. 21. John Myers (British, 1944) Planche a Repasser Femme designant 2012 John Myers (British, 1944) Planche a Repasser Femme en rouge
  22. 22. John Myers (British, 1944) Planche a Repasser Femme lisant 2016 Femme lisant 2014
  23. 23. John Myers (British, 1944) Planche a Repasser Julia Lisant 2017 Vase Jeune 2012
  24. 24. Hand drawn sketch vector art illustration 19thCenturyScottishBoxPressingIrons
  25. 25. Meruzhan Khachatryan (Armenian, 1980) Still life Russia Swiss
  26. 26. Meruzhan Khachatryan (Armenian, 1980) Still life
  27. 27. Meruzhan Khachatryan (Armenian, 1980) Still life
  28. 28. MeruzhanKhachatryan(Armenian,1980)Stilllife
  29. 29. Meruzhan Khachatryan (Armenian, 1980) Still life
  30. 30. Meruzhan Khachatryan (Armenian, 1980) Still life
  31. 31. Meruzhan Khachatryan (Armenian, 1980) Still life
  32. 32. In Provence the holiday season belongs to the colorful world of santons “little saints” to the rest of us. Figurines have been part of the human experience since time immemorial, often as effigies of the gods. The santons of Provence stem from the first living Nativity scene, said to have been created in 1223 by St. Francis, in Greccio, near Assisi. When these evolved into Nativity crèches (manger scenes), they were made of painted and gilded wood and set up inside churches. In time they became luxury artifacts, adorned with Venetian glass and fine porcelain, acquired by wealthy families as status symbols. The first clay santons were created by Marseillais artisan Lagnel (1761-1822) during the French Revolution when churches were forcibly closed and their large nativity scenes prohibited. In Marseille, Jean-Louis Lagnel started a different kind of revolution in 1797, when he molded the small figures out of clay, making them affordable for ordinary people
  33. 33. The Provençal crèche is the mirror in miniature of a 19th-century Provençal village. The world of santons is a fascinating blend of fantasy and realism.
  34. 34. Raen (Minsk, Belarus) Angel ironing wings
  35. 35. Benjamin Shine (British, 1977) Hands of Time Benjamin Shine creates fabric art using an iron to layer and pleat intricate, colorful portraits. His secret is the diaphanous fabric: tulle. Benjamin Shine is an artist who was born in London. He split his time in London and Sydney. And he has become a pioneer in “painting fabric”.  Using an iron, Benjamin Shine sculpts, presses and pleats the huge single piece of tulle, whose transparent qualities give the portrait more texture and depth
  36. 36. Benjamin Shine (British, 1977)
  37. 37. Benjamin Shine (British, 1977)
  38. 38. Benjamin Shine (British, 1977)
  39. 39. Benjamin Shine Portrait of Elizabeth Taylor
  40. 40. Shine collaborated with John Galliano for Maison Margiela's Spring 2017 collection, adding a face made of tulle to a white trench coat Bergdorf-Goodman Bergdorf-Goodman Benjamin Shine (British, 1977)
  41. 41. Works have been exhibited by arts institutions including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Museum of Arts and Design New York, The Crafts Council UK and The London Design Museum. Clients and collaborations include The MET, Givenchy, Maison Margiela, Bergdorf Goodman, Beyonce, Barclays Wealth, Vogue and Google. He has also won a number of awards including the Red Dot Design Award, The Enterprising Young Brit Award and the Arts Export Award in Australia. Videos of his work have amassed over 250 million views via publications including New York Magazine and The Huffington Post
  42. 42. The Canberra Centre commissioned Benjamin to unleash his wildest and most stunning dreams to create a sculpture showcase titled ‘The Dance’ that sees tulle artwork pushed to a new limit
  43. 43. Benjamin Shine "The Dance" collaboration with Canberra Centre, created by using over 2000 meters of tulle
  44. 44. Text and pictures: Internet All  copyrights  belong to their  respective owners Presentation: Sanda Foişoreanu Sound: Leonard Cohen - The Guests 2019
  45. 45. Ironing 1 Ironing 2 Ironing 5 Ironing 4 Ironing 3 Ironing 6 Ironing 7 Ironing 8

Editor's Notes

  • Louis Valtat (French, 1869 - 1952)
    La repasseuse
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