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The Traghetto #2

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James McNeill Whistler, The Traghetto #2, 1880, etching and drypoint on cream laid paper, Bequest of Winslow B. Ayer, public domain, 35.96

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Title

The Traghetto #2

Related Titles

series (original language): First Venice Set

Artist

James McNeill Whistler (American, active England and France, 1834-1903)

Date

1880

Medium

etching and drypoint on cream laid paper

Edition

61 known impressions

Catalogue Raisonné

Glasgow 233

Dimensions (H x W x D)

plate: 9 1/2 in x 12 1/8 in; sheet (trimmed to platemark): 9 1/2 in x 12 1/8 in

Collection Area

Graphic Arts

Category

Prints

Object Type

intaglio print

Culture

American

Credit Line

Bequest of Winslow B. Ayer

Accession Number

35.96

Copyright

public domain

Terms

etching

intaglio printing

intaglio prints

paper

Location

Belluschi Building

Hirsch Wing

Lower Level

Helen Copeland Gallery

Description

Whistler often began his etchings by focusing on a subject at the center of the composition, then expanding outward. He lavished the most attention and detail on the central motif, fading as he reached the edges of the sheet. This gave his works a sketchy, unfinished appearance that was both praised and condemned by contemporary critics.

This etching depicts the courtyard of the Ca’ da Mosto in the Venice neighborhood of Cannaregio. The dark void of the traghetto, or passageway, contrasts with the sunlit exterior populated by lightly sketched figures at left and right. The falling leaves in the foreground create a spatial tension between depth and surface, dark and light.

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