I recently went to D.C. to see the George Bellows exhibit at the National Gallery. It was excellent of course, but there is just so much to see in D.C. The Smithsonian alone has 19 separate museums. My favorite surprise piece was The Laundresses (1899) by Theophile Alexandre Steinlen. This work was totally new to me and hidden away in the basement of The National Gallery. The composition is very odd-- the faces of the laundresses are hidden by, well, laundry. But the low-light and slice-of-life feeling of this painting make it very compelling.