07 July 2008

La Grande Laveuse doing her washing


You've seen this sculpture of a Washerwoman before - please click on the link. I couldn't resist photographing her again tho when I saw her amidst soapsuds or something worse. Today she really does look as if she's doing the washing. She sits in a small lake in the gardens of Fontvieille. Normally the water is cleaner than this - albeit rather green - not so on this day. And not good for the ducks - one would think...

This bronze sculpture was made jointly by Pierre Auguste Renoir and Richard Guino - both Impressionist artists.

7 comments:

Virginia said...

Does everyone in France do their wash in the buff??:)

Halcyon said...

Hee! ^^^

Both photos are very nice. There must be some algae in the water or something that's causing the problem. I'm sure nature will work itself out. Hope your trip to the states was fun!

Clueless in boston said...

I like the statue and you caught her right in the middle of doing her wash. I hope she is using biodegradable soap.

Marie-Noyale said...

Elle est bien energique cette laveuse , vu toute la mousse qu'elle fait!!

Nathalie said...

You just HAD to take these photos, Jilly ! End of year could be a time when kids throw diswashing liquid in fountains in a hope to make lots of bubbles !

Re Renoir and Guinot, hasn't it been a male fantasy for a long time to see a naked woman doing her washing by the river ??? LOL

Sally said...

I agree with Nathalie - I thought some wag has been around and put detergent in the water!

David -- www.CostaRicaDailyPhoto.com said...

Your photo and the title that references the French word for washing brings to mind something that I was told during a visit to a lavender farm in Napa, California. The word lavender apparently has its root in the Latin word for washing laundry because the Romans apparently added lavender oil to their wash to make their clothes smell better. Of course, what could I possibly tell your readers about lavender, as you must be experts on the subject, living so close to Provence.

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