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JAMES MCNEILL WHISTLER (1834-1903)
JAMES MCNEILL WHISTLER (1834-1903)

The Long House (The Dyers, Amsterdam)

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JAMES MCNEILL WHISTLER (1834-1903)
The Long House (The Dyers, Amsterdam)
etching and drypoint, 1889, on laid paper, watermark N Vorster, signed with the butterfly on the tab and annotated imp, a fine, richly printed impression of Glasgow's third state (of six), inscribed No. 6 in a circle on the reverse (possibly a reference to the date of printing - at least six impressions of the Dutch etchings were printed on 6 March 1890), in addition to the 14 impressions in all states recorded so far by the Whistler Etchings Project, trimmed to the plate as published, occasional unobtrusive remains of old adhesive at the sheet eges on the reverse, generally in very good condition
Image, Sheet: 165 x 271 mm.
Literature
Kennedy 406; Glasgow 453

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'...in Amsterdam, as in London and Venice, Whistler magically transformed the disjointed structures along the back canals with their "old paint and old woodwork" into palaces by capturing their pattern and colour and mirrored reflections. Like his new friend, the Symbolist poet Stéphane Mallarmé, Whistler sought to capture the essence of what was otherwise impermanent in nature. As such, the etchings of houses reflected in canals may be seen as a logical outgrowth of the great Venetian nocturnes. In the Amsterdam plates, however, Whistler painted with 'exquisite line' rather than films of plate tone, and created multifaceted images which shimmer with light and 'colour''. (K. Lochnan, The Etchings of James McNeill Whistler, Ontario, 1984)

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