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Floor with Laundry No. 3

Although now known primarily as a landscape painter, Sylvia Plimack Mangold engaged in the realistic depiction of domestic interiors until the mid-1970s. In this painting she painstakingly describes the geometry created by a patterned parquet floor strewn with articles of clothing. Using exaggerated perspective, the artist leads us into the depth of space, implying the large scale of the room. In contrast to the elaborately set up interiors that were the subject of paintings through the nineteenth century, Mangold presents a segment of a modern household where everyone is rushing, and tidying up is the last thing on anyone's mind.

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