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The Guitar Player (M.W. Ridley)

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The Guitar Player (M.W. Ridley)

James Abbott McNeill Whistler

Artist Nationality
American (North American)

Object Creation Date

Medium & Support
drypoint, printed in black ink on old laid paper

12 3/4 x 7 13/16 in. (32.3 x 19.7 cm)

Credit Line
Gift of the Friends of the Museum of Art on the Occasion of their Twenty-fifth Anniversary

Label copy
The subject of this drypoint is Whistler's friend and fellow artist Matthew White Ridley (1837-1888).

Subject matter
The painter Matthew White Ridley was a friend of Whistler's and posed for at least two of Whistler's etchings (the other being "The Storm"). Here the rich drypoint hatching is combined with artistic printing--the retention of films of ink employed in an expressive way--to increase the drama of the portrait. The plate tone is used to convey shadow on the right side of the figure--an updated form of chiarscuro.

Physical Description
A man with moustache and beard stands facing slightly towards the left, strumming a guitar.

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Musical instruments

3 Related Resources

Fourth Grade: Material Matters
(Part of: Docent Curricular Tours)
PAST - Guitars
(Part of: FFW Lower Level Study Cases     )

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