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    Parisian Rag Pickers

    In the 1870s Raffaëlli focused his Realist sensibilities on painting a marginalized underclass, people rendered homeless by the effort in the mid-nineteenth century to transform Paris into a modern city of broad boulevards. Scavenging debris from streets and building sites by night, ragpickers disregarded the norms of bourgeois society. With their gathering sacks at the ready, the shabby pair in this painting traverses the barren, snow-covered terrain of the new borderlands between Paris and the expanding suburbs.

    • Artist: Jean-François Raffaëlli, French, 1850-1924
    • Medium: Oil and oil crayon on board set into cradled panel
    • Place Made: France
    • Dates: ca. 1890
    • Dimensions: 12 7/8 x 10 5/8 in. (32.7 x 27 cm) frame: 22 1/8 x 19 15/16 x 3 7/8 in. (56.2 x 50.6 x 9.8 cm)  (show scale)
    • Signature: Lower left: "J.F. RAFFAËLLI"
    • Collections:European Art
    • Museum Location: This item is not on view
    • Accession Number: 10.88
    • Credit Line: Gift of Henry C. Lawrence
    • Rights Statement: No known copyright restrictions
    • Caption: Jean-François Raffaëlli (French, 1850-1924). Parisian Rag Pickers, ca. 1890. Oil and oil crayon on board set into cradled panel, 12 7/8 x 10 5/8 in. (32.7 x 27 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Henry C. Lawrence, 10.88
    • Image: overall, 10.88_SL1.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph
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    Recent Comments
    01:16 05/25/2011
    like all rubbish
    and materials
    the rich throw away
    we too seem useless,
    my woman…
    but rubbish too
    you will find
    has its use
    and so we will find ours…
    come, any fabric
    cork, metals, bone and skin
    will do…
    let us scavenge,
    my dear woman…
    old papers and bread
    all these will do
    and there are stories
    of some who make money
    and this becomes a trade…
    so my good woman,
    this we too may find
    will fill our tummies
    and give us the means to
    some shelter
    for rubbish too has its use
    so take heart
    my dear woman
    for outsiders too
    like us
    will find some means to live

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