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James Abbott McNeill Whistler
Unfinished Sketch of Lady Haden

1895

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Unfinished Sketch of Lady Haden. 1895. Lithograph with scraping. Way 143; Levy 139; Chicago catalog 116 state ii/iii. 11 13/16 × 7 7/8 (sheet 13 5/16 × 9 3/8). No published edition; Way listed 8 impressions. The stone was erased by 1905. An impression with strong contrasts printed on fine laid paper. Monogrammed with the butterfly in the stone. Housed in an elegant French mat and archival inner mat and a 10 3/8 x 16-inch gold leaf frame. Deborah Delano Haden (1825-1908) was Whistler's half sister. She married Dr. (later Sir) Francis Seymour Haden in 1847. Whistler, who lived with his family in Russia, visited his sister and brother-in-law during the winters. Between 1855 and 1867, Whistler made several portraits of their children, Annie, Seymour and Artur. After Whistler and Sir Francis Seymour became estranged, Whistler and his sister continued to correspond and to meet surreptitiously and the homes of friends and family. Whistler made this portrait of his sister when she was almost seventy One of the most significant figures in American art and a forerunner of the Post-Impressionist movement, James Abbott McNeill Whistler is celebrated for his innovative painting style and eccentric personality. He was bold and self-assured, and quickly developed a reputation for his verbal and legal retaliations against art critics, dealers, and artists who insulted his work. His paintings, etchings, lithographs and pastels epitomize the modern penchant for creating "art for art's sake," an axiom celebrated by Whistler and others in the Aesthetic movement. They also represent one of the earliest shifts from traditional representational art to abstraction that is at the heart of much of modern art.

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