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The Young Housewife (oil on canvas)

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The Young Housewife (oil on canvas)

NGW185004 The Young Housewife (oil on canvas) by Bonvin, Francois (1817-87); 40.5x32.1 cm; National Museum Wales; National Museums & Galleries of Wales

Media ID 33085382

© National Museums & Galleries of Wales / Bridgeman Images

Apron Aprons Cabbage Chore Domestic Chore Domestic Chores Domestic Task Domestic Tasks Food Preparation Housekeeping Housework Kitchen Pantry Peeling Potatoes Vegetable Vegetables


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The Young Housewife

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is a captivating oil painting by Francois Bonvin that beautifully captures the essence of domestic life in the 19th century. In this intimate scene, we see a young woman fully immersed in her daily chores, surrounded by an array of fresh vegetables and cabbage. Donning a simple yet elegant apron and bonnet, she sits comfortably in her kitchen, diligently peeling potatoes with utmost concentration. The artist skillfully portrays the meticulousness and dedication required for such menial tasks through his detailed brushstrokes. The composition offers us a glimpse into the world of housekeeping and food preparation during this era. The pantry shelves behind her are neatly organized with jars and utensils, showcasing her efficiency as she works to provide nourishment for her family. Through this painting, Bonvin not only celebrates the often-overlooked role of women in maintaining households but also highlights their resilience and resourcefulness. Despite being engaged in what may be considered mundane work, there is an undeniable grace about our young protagonist as she carries out her duties. This print from National Museum Wales allows us to appreciate both the artistic brilliance of Bonvin's technique as well as gain insight into historical domesticity. It serves as a reminder that even seemingly ordinary moments can hold great significance when viewed through an artistic lens.

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