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James Abbott McNeill Whistler. 1834-1903.

Nursemaids: les bonnes de Luxembourg. 1894. Lithograph. Way 84; Levy 79; Tedeschi, Stratis and Spink 81. 9 x 6 1/2 (sheet 12 1/2 x 9). Edition of about 3,000 published in The Art Journal, December, 1894. A fine impression printed on ivory colored wove paper. Monogrammed with the butterfly in the stone. Housed in a silk mat with a gold lip in a 19 1/8 x 15 1/2-inch gold leaf frame. $1,750.

This charming lithograph pictures nursemaids and their charges in the Luxembourg Gardens in Paris.

The student of this delicate and fastidious art, once familiarized with the medium as Whistler uses it, will recognize its peculiar appropriateness to what Mr. Way has truly called 'his great gift of exquisite vision.' Note, for example, the little view of the Luxembourg Gardens entitled Les Bonnes, in which the nurses with their formidable Parisienne caps, and the children with their frail French legs are scattered about the lovely gardens, shimmering in gray foliage and diffused light and rich in long perspective and classic architecture. Nothing could wear more the look of an art that has 'happened' or give more completely the impression of the spot. The line in the whole Luxembourg series is remarkably soft and full, and in other prints, where the line is subordinated, and where the stump has been used, effects of great beauty are obtained." Elisabeth Luther Gary.

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