La Vieille aux Loques (One of the "Twelve Etchings from Nature," or the "French Set")

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La Vieille aux Loques (One of the "Twelve Etchings from Nature," or the "French Set")

James Abbott McNeill Whistler

Artist Nationality
American (North American)

Object Creation Date

Medium & Support
etching, printed in black ink on on laid paper

8 7/16 in. x 6 1/8 in. ( 21.5 cm x 15.5 cm )

Credit Line
Museum Purchase

Subject matter
The images of Whistler's French Set reflect the artistic trends current in Paris when Whistler was a student there. "La Vieille aux Loques", with its concern for working class figures, demonstrates Whistler's early orientation towards the work of Courbet. Throughout his career, Whistler mantained an interest in depicting working class and humble subjects; however, the beauty of his depictions elevated such works beyond the gritty realism of early works such as this etching.

Physical Description
An old woman in a white cap sits in a cluttered interior. Positioned just inside the doorway, the woman is surrounded by piles of cloth with domestic objects on shelves and walls that gleam in the darkness.

Primary Object Classification

Collection Area

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interior views
seated figures
working class

5 Related Resources

(Part of 4 Learning Collections)
Work and Workers
(Part of 9 Learning Collections)
Social realism, mid-19th century to mid-20th century
(Part of 8 Learning Collections)

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