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James Abbott McNeill Whistler, Alderney Street

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JAMES ABBOTT MCNEILL WHISTLER (Lowell, Massachusetts 1834 - London 1903) ALDERNEY STREET
Etching, c. 1880-1; Kennedy 238, second state (of 2); Glasgow 246, second state (of 3) (cf. Margaret F. MacDonald, Grischka Petri, Meg Hausberg, and Joanna Meacock, James McNeill Whistler: The Etchings, a catalogue raisonné, University of Glasgow, 2011). Signed in the plate at top right wit the butterfly. A very good impression on laid paper, printed for the Gazette des Beaux-Arts in April 1881 to illustrate an article on Whistler’s Nocturnes and Etchings by Theodore Duret. With margins, paper toned, otherwise in very good condition. 165 x 102 mm.

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, 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.

price: 600,00 euros

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