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La Vieille aux Loques

Accession Number
1954/1.328

Title
La Vieille aux Loques

Artist(s)
James Abbott McNeill Whistler

Artist Nationality
American (North American)

Object Creation Date
1858

Medium & Support
etching and drypoint, printed in dark brown ink on green laid paper

Dimensions
10 1/4 in x 7 1/2 in (26.04 cm x 19.05 cm)

Credit Line
Bequest of Margaret Watson Parker

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
Print

Collection Area
Western

Rights
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Keywords
Vessels
buildings
doorways
elderly
interior views
seated
women (female humans)
working class

2 Related Resources

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Social realism, mid-19th century to mid-20th century
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