La Marchande de moutarde

James McNeill Whistler American

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After visiting Cologne during a summer–fall tour in 1858, Whistler created this image of an elderly mustard vendor who arranges jars within a dim interior, as a young assistant leans against the door jamb. He here establishes a formula to which he would often return—using an open entrance to frame a receding interior containing figures and objects that refer to a particular activity and locale. One of the most complex prints in "Douze eaux-fortes d’après nature" (Twelve Etchings from Nature), Whistler based the composition on drawings and sent an impression to the Paris Salon of 1859.

La Marchande de moutarde, James McNeill Whistler (American, Lowell, Massachusetts 1834–1903 London), Etching, printed in black ink on cream laid paper; fifth state of five (Glasgow)

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