Thérèse-Marthe-Françoise Cotard-Dupré came from a family of artists. She was the daughter of Julien Dupré (1851-1910) and niece of George Laugée (1853-1937), two leading French naturalist painters of the era. As demonstrated by the present work, her subject and technique was deeply influenced by her father, but compositions like La lessive also suggest a personal familiarity with the domestic task at hand. Indeed, while Julien Dupré was incredibly prolific, Cotard-Dupré’s production was limited by her responsibilities as wife to fellow artist Edmond Cotard and mother to Henri and François, who would both later become artists. Cotard-Dupré's work entered the collections of only a few patrons and galleries during her lifetime and compositions as accomplished as La lessive have rarely been seen again.