La Vieille aux LoquesArtist(s)James Abbott McNeill WhistlerArtist NationalityAmerican (North American)Object Creation Date1858Medium & Supportetching and drypoint, printed in dark brown ink on green laid paperDimensions
10 1/4 in x 7 1/2 in (26.04 cm x 19.05 cm)Credit LineBequest of Margaret Watson ParkerSubject 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 ClassificationPrintCollection AreaWesternRights
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women (female humans)