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Venus

James McNeill Whistler

Venus

1859

Etching and drypoint

6 x 8 7/8 inches (15.2 x 22.5 cm)

Glasgow records 27 known impressions. Very rare.

Allinson Gallery, Inc.

Storrs, CT

860-429-2322 - land line

$12,000 - $35,000

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A very rich proof printed in black ink on Japanese vellum. Signed and dated in the plate. This Venus is closer in spirit to the realistic fleshy nudes of Rembrandt (particularly his etching Jupiter and Antiope) than it is to the idealism of the traditional classical nude, or the more sensational sensuality of Courbet's painted nudes that had been exhibited recently in Paris. The model was Whistler's mistress 'Fumette', a grisette from the Latin quarter in Paris (see Fumette). She knew the verses of the Romantic poet Alfred de Musset by heart and would recite them to Whistler. She was reportedly passionately attached to Whistler and once tore up his drawings in a jealous rage.

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