A Moment of Rest is a typical example by von Blaas of Venetian women captured in an everyday setting, providing the viewer with an intimate perspective of the city's colourful customs and costumes. Indeed, Blaas made his name for himself with such idealised portrayals of humble working girls - fruit sellers, water carriers, seamstresses or, as in this case, laundresses - elevating them from the reality of their surroundings into a realm of grace and beauty.
As a critic mockingly pointed out in his review of the 1887 Esposizione Nazionale: 'What disbelief when it was announced that Mr de Blaas's entry depicted a laundress! A laundress? Are you pulling our leg, Mr de Blaas? A laundress, this beautiful donnina, so fresh and clean? And in such a charming pose? Is she not a lady, disguised as a laundress? She is definitely not a genuine washerwoman!' (in Premiato Stabilimento tipo-litografico dell'Emporio, 1887, p. 203).