James Abbott McNeill Whistler, 1900 - Mother of Pearl and Silver: The Andalusian - fine art print

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Original information about the artwork from National Gallery of Art (© Copyright - National Gallery of Art - National Gallery of Art)

Ethel Philip, Whistler's sister-in-law and a favorite subject of the artist, whose likeness appears in drawings, etchings, lithographs, and at least five full-size oil paintings, stands against an empty, shallow background with her back to the viewer. She wears a grey silk gown topped with a bolero jacket of transparent silk gauze or fine net—a design inspired by traditional costumes from Spain's Andalusian region. Ethel's head and shoulders are turned slightly to the right to reveal her profile. This graceful pose emphasizes her costume's long, sweeping cascade to the floor, drawing the viewer's attention not to the model's features but to her dramatic attire. One art historian concluded that "it is not a portrait of a person, but of a dress," transforming Ethel Philip into a fashion model or mannequin rather than the subject of a formal, full-length portrait.

The work's title may also have sartorial origins—the result of Whistler's extended stay in Paris, a city renowned for its luxury fashion houses and couturiers. At that time, couture dresses were often given individual names to emphasize their uniqueness. It is possible that Whistler's title refers not to a Spanish woman, but to the model of the dress worn by Ethel.

Whistler had demonstrated a strong interest in women's fashion and its role in his portraiture long before he painted The Andalusian. In the 1870s, apparently dissatisfied with British fashions at the time, the artist himself designed the elaborate dresses worn by the female subjects of Harmony in Grey and Green: Miss Cicely Alexander (Tate Gallery, London) and Symphony in Flesh Color and Pink: Portrait of Mrs. Frances Leyland (Frick Collection).

More information on this painting may be found in the NGA publication American Paintings of the Nineteenth Century, Part II, available as a free PDF. Find under Research > Publications > Systematic Catalogues.

Your individual fine art copy

This over 120 year-old masterpiece titled Mother of Pearl and Silver: The Andalusian was painted by the artist James Abbott McNeill Whistler in 1900. The original version was made with the size: 191,5 cm (75,4 in) x 89,8 cm (35,4 in). Oil on canvas was applied by the artist as the medium of the work of art. Today, the artpiece can be viewed in in the digital collection of National Gallery of Art, which is the museum of the US-American nation that preserves, collects, exhibits, and fosters an understanding of works of art. The work of art, which belongs to the public domain is included with courtesy of National Gallery of Art, Washington.The creditline of the artpiece is: . Further, the alignment of the digital reproduction is portrait with a ratio of 1 : 2, which means that the length is 50% shorter than the width.

Structured artwork information

Artpiece title: "Mother of Pearl and Silver: The Andalusian"
Artwork categorization: painting
General term: modern art
Artwork century: 20th century
Created in: 1900
Artwork age: around 120 years
Painted on: oil on canvas
Original dimensions: 191,5 cm (75,4 in) x 89,8 cm (35,4 in)
Exhibited in: National Gallery of Art
Museum location: Washington D.C., United States of America
Website of the museum: National Gallery of Art
Artwork license: public domain
Courtesy of: National Gallery of Art, Washington

The product

Article classification: fine art reproduction
Reproduction: reproduction in digital format
Manufacturing method: UV direct print
Provenance: made in Germany
Stock type: on demand
Product use: home design, art collection (reproductions)
Alignment of the image: portrait alignment
Aspect ratio: length : width - 1 : 2
Aspect ratio implication: the length is 50% shorter than the width
Available product materials: poster print (canvas paper), canvas print, acrylic glass print (with real glass coating), metal print (aluminium dibond)
Canvas on stretcher frame (canvas print) options: 20x40cm - 8x16", 30x60cm - 12x24"
Acrylic glass print (with real glass coating) variants: 20x40cm - 8x16", 30x60cm - 12x24"
Poster print (canvas paper): 30x60cm - 12x24"
Aluminium print (aluminium dibond material): 20x40cm - 8x16", 30x60cm - 12x24"
Framing of the artprint: please bear in mind that this product has no frame

Artist details

Artist: James Abbott McNeill Whistler
Gender of the artist: male
Nationality: American
Jobs of the artist: painter
Country: United States
Artist classification: modern artist

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