La Mère Gérard

James McNeill Whistler American

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La Mère Gérard is said to have sold flowers outside the Bal Bullier in Paris, but Whistler shows her holding a shawl or piece of cloth in an unidealized portrayal that demonstrates admiration for the realism espoused by Courbet. The artist made the etching in Paris in the summer or fall of 1858 and included it in his first published set, "Douze eau-fortes d'apres Nature" ("Twelve Etchings from Nature"), known as the "French Set."

La Mère Gérard, James McNeill Whistler (American, Lowell, Massachusetts 1834–1903 London), Etching, printed in black ink on antique cream laid paper; fourth state of four (Glasgow)

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