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.
Oil and oil crayon on board set into cradled panel
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)
Lower left: "J.F. RAFFAËLLI"
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Gift of Henry C. Lawrence
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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 (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 10.88_SL1.jpg)
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