The Lost Symphony: Whistler & the Perfection of Art

Draped Female Figure

Draped Female FigureThis sketch is both classical and Japanese in inspiration. The elegant pose—the figure standing upright before a railing, her back to the viewer, and her head turned to one side—is common in Japanese prints.


James McNeill Whistler
1870–73
Black and white chalk and pastel on brown paper
F1905.133


 

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