Etching and drypoint
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Ralph King 1923.31
Catalogue raisonné: Kennedy 210; MacDonald 194
This print is among the only ones in James McNeill Whistler's Second Venice Set without a clearly identifiable setting.
Part of an expatriate community in Venice, James McNeill Whistler focused on the city’s architectural details in the prints, drawings, and paintings that he made during a year spent living there. This etching presents a private garden from the perspective of one of the city’s distinctive canals. Seen through an open doorway, the view, offers a voyeuristic glimpse of its inhabitants’ lives. Situated outside and looking into a lush garden, the viewer is placed in the artist’s position, able to feel his excitement as an outsider exploring a new but historied place.
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