Japanese Woman Painting a Fan (recto); Standing Woman Holding Up Her Dress (verso)

Japanese Woman Painting a Fan (recto); Standing Woman Holding Up Her Dress (verso)

c. 1872

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James McNeill Whistler

(American, 1834-1903)

Black chalk and pastel

Sheet: 27.9 x 17.6 cm (11 x 6 15/16 in.); Secondary Support: 38.5 x 28.9 cm (15 3/16 x 11 3/8 in.)

Gift of Mrs. Henry A. Everett for the Dorothy Burnham Everett Memorial Collection 1933.222

Description

After being expelled from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, Whistler made his way to Europe, where he pursued the life of the artist-bohemian, first in Paris, and then in London. Whistler was a pioneer in appreciating the effects of Japanese prints, and his art is characterized by an Asian subtlety and delicacy. Whistler signed his work with a monogram representing a butterfly, which appears just below the hand of the model in this drawing.

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