Finette

A work made of etching and drypoint in black on ivory japanese paper.
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  • A work made of etching and drypoint in black on ivory japanese paper.

Date:

1859

Artist:

James McNeill Whistler
American, 1834-1903

About this artwork

Actors, singers, chorus girls, and dancers were popular subjects for artists of the period. Josephine Durwend, a cancan dancer who performed in London and Paris from the 1850s to the 1870s, was known as Finette. Despite her immodest costumes in contemporary photographs and her reputation for vulgar language and drunkenness, Whistler chose to depict her tastefully dressed and standing in a dignified pose.

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Artist

James McNeill Whistler

Title

Finette

Origin

United States

Date

1859

Medium

Etching and drypoint in black on ivory Japanese paper

Dimensions

290 x 201 mm (image/plate); 386 x 264 mm (sheet)

Credit Line

Bryan Lathrop Collection

Reference Number

1934.544

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