DETAIL : John Singer SARGENT, The fountain, Villa Torlonia, Frascati, Italy 1907, The Art Institute of Chicago, American Art Collection DETAIL : John Singer SARGENT, Almina, daughter of Asher Wertheimer 1908, Tate, London, presented by the widow and family of Asher Wertheimer in accordance with his wishes in 1922
Agnes GOODSIR | La Femme de ménage

Australia 1864 – France 1939
France from 1900-06, with regular visits to England, Australia 1906, England 1906-18, France from 1918
La Femme de ménage 1905
oil on canvas
91.5 (h) x 48.0 (w) cm
Private collection, courtesy of Eva Breuer Art Dealer, Sydney

Agnes Goodsir depicted a French housekeeper standing in a room and looking directly out of the picture with comfortable self-assurance. The housekeeper’s broom, dustpan, apron and head-scarf indicate her role. Yet, in depicting the housekeeper in a pose of the upper class, Goodsir ennobled her subject.

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