Henry Weber Mitchell, Italian Washer Women

Date
Unknown
Medium
Bas-relief in bronze with wood
Credit Line
Gift of Harvey S. Shipley Miller in memory of Betty E. Miller, 2015
Dimensions
29 7/8 x 23 x 1 3/4 in.

Italian Washer Women is a tour-de-force. Mitchell creates a complex illusion of volumes in motion, working in shallow relief. The three women carry large rectangular blocks on their backs, presumably baskets of laundry; they step forward as if ascending or descending a staircase. The cube-like baskets should be heavy, but the women are well in control as they partake of their journey.

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