This and the others Lithographs are all from a dis-bound portfolio (originally published UN-BOUNDED, with the Collection Stamp of the FRICK LIBRARY, N.Y.C. in the portfolio NOT the print) and from the Mullen collection of Marrietta, PA. The work is on Lithographers vellum finish paper and signed with the artists monogram and that of the publisher (letter K), in an edition of 400, published in 1904. The work measures 6.25 by 8 inches (sheet size).
James Abbott McNeill Whistler (July 14, 1834 — July 17, 1903) was an American-born, British-based painter, lithographer and etcher. Averse to sentimentality in painting, he was a leading proponent of the credo “art for art’s sake”.
He took to signing his paintings with a stylized butterfly, possessing a long stinger for a tail. The symbol was apt, for Whistler’s art was characterized by a subtle delicacy, in contrast to his combative public persona. Finding a parallel between painting and music, Whistler titled many of his works “harmonies” and “arrangements”.
Art (paintings, prints, frames)