One of the founders of impressionism. With his canvases, he manages to bring the viewer closer to the one depicted in the picture so much that even without really knowing the plot, we understand, and, most importantly, we begin to feel and empathize with the characters of his paintings. One of these works is the painting “Ironmen” - it depicts two laundresses huddling in a cramped closet. Working women, tired of their routine and monotonous work. This is a typical example of a worker in the early 20th century.
The work was done on a canvas of a rough and rather careless primer, which, however, gives the painting a special effect: oil paint resembles a pastel technique, so beloved by the artist. He puts strokes dry, careless, somewhat outlining the contours of the figures dark, not indicating details, putting emphasis on the figures.
But the picture does not even appeal to the technique of execution. Pay attention to poses - one woman stands with her head thrown back and yawns, it seems, with difficulty bending back pains and painful hands. A bottle of wine is held in her hand. Another woman, stubbornly busy with work, expresses hopelessness with her posture. She, not breaking away from work and not paying attention to the yawning woman, is pressing on the iron with all her might.
Degas, familiar to us more as a “salon” artist with his exquisite canvases, depicting creative intelligentsia and the upper world, appears here as a realist. He shows us another, everyday, unusual Paris, with simple working people exhausted by hard work. Paris, hidden behind the luxury of squares, chic palaces, theaters and street restaurants. And this is not the only canvas depicting the life of people.
The artist was not indifferent to the life of the common people - she touched him, worried, and this is evident in the images of the heroes of his canvases.