Carrière’s subjects were often drawn from his family life, and this work may well depict the artist’s wife, Sophie (1855–1922), sewing with one of their daughters, who may be winding yarn, with the strands hanging between her upraised hands. The effect of mistiness, rendered in nuanced brown hues, is entirely characteristic of Carrière’s style, which was widely celebrated during and after his lifetime.
Inscription: Atelier stamp (lower right): Eugène Carrière
the artist's family, France (unidentified sale, Bordeaux, before 1990, to Trigano); [Patrice Trigano, Paris, until no later than 1990; sold to Kirili]; Ariane and Alain Kirili, New York (by 1990–2013)
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Drawings and Prints: Selections from the Permanent Collection," April 12–July 18, 2016.
Véronique Nora-Milin with Alice Lamarre. Eugène Carrière, 1849–1906: Catalogue raisonné de l'œuvre peint. [Paris], 2008, p. 191, no. 548, ill., as "Femmes cousant autour d'une table;" dates it about 1894–96.