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James Abbott McNeill Whistler
Venus

1859

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Venus. 1859. Etching and drypoint. Kennedy catalog 59 state ii; Glasgow catalog 60 state ii. 6 x 9 (sheet 8 x 11 3/16). Glasgow records 27 known impressions. A very rich impression printed in black ink on fine Japanese mulberry paper. Provenance: estate of Alvin B. Glaser Signed and dated in the plate. Housed in an archival French mat and a dramatic 11 x 14-inch gold leaf frame. During 1858-59, Whistler lived with the model, Héloise, in Rue Saint-Sulpice, Paris. Although Whistler had nicknamed her 'Fumette' in imitation of 'Musette', a character in Scènes de la vie de Bohème. A milliner's assistant, artist's model and reciter of poetry, she was known throughout the Latin Quarter as "the tigress" (la tigresse) for her raging voice and dangerous temper. Their relationship was stormy. One day in a fit of anger, she tore up a number of Whistler's drawings. This is one of three portraits he etched of her in 1859. While James McNeill Whistler (1834-1903) achieved fame as a painter, he was also a serious and innovative printmaker, producing some 450 etchings and about 180 lithographs. His imagery and the technical means that he developed for etching and for printing plates influenced not only his fellow printmakers in Europe and America but also many others who followed.

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