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Chinese Laundry
Chinese Laundry
Artist:
Date:
ca. 1935–1943
Location:
Not on display
Century:
Media:
Lithograph
Dimensions:
25.6 x 36.6 cm (image); 31.8 x 46.3 cm (sheet)
Department:
Object Type:
Country:
Continent:
North America
Accession Number:
L43.2.784
Acquisition Date:
1943-02-05
Credit Line:

Allocated by the Federal Art Project

Three Chinese men are the central interest of this print of a Chinese laundry. We see three horizontal bands of activity. In the bottom band--the floor-- on the left, a cat sits in a jumbled pile of clothes and licks its paw and on the right next to bags and a wicker basket of folded laundry, a small child sleeps, on arms and knees with rump in the air. In the middle band--the work surface--a man blows water spray on a garment, to dampen it before ironing. He uses a pipe-like gadget to spray and faces us, so that we can see what he is doing. Two men, both with their backs to us, iron. In the top band--a shelf above the three workers--from left to right, is an account book, pens, a tray of thread spools and buttons, four ironed men's shirts on hangers, and finally wrapped and tied bundles of clean clothes. The whole image is rhythmically constructed with its groupings of figures or objects. (Monica Jensen 02/09/93)
Three Chinese men are the central interest of this print of a Chinese laundry. We see three horizontal bands of activity. In the bottom band--the floor-- on the left, a cat sits in a jumbled pile of clothes and licks its paw and on the right next to bags and a wicker basket of folded laundry, a small child sleeps, on arms and knees with rump in the air. In the middle band--the work surface--a man blows water spray on a garment, to dampen it before ironing. He uses a pipe-like gadget to spray and faces us, so that we can see what he is doing. Two men, both with their backs to us, iron. In the top band--a shelf above the three workers--from left to right, is an account book, pens, a tray of thread spools and buttons, four ironed men's shirts on hangers, and finally wrapped and tied bundles of clean clothes. The whole image is rhythmically constructed with its groupings of figures or objects. (Monica Jensen 02/09/93)