Bibi Lalouette by James Abbott McNeill Whistler. Signed on the plate.
Subject of this etching by James Abbott McNeill Whistler is Bibi Lalouette, the son of the owner of the Parisian restaurant where the artist used to dine, in rue Dauphine. The child is shown in profile, sitting on a bed and wearing a smock. Characteristic of this delicate etching is a perfect combination of the formal elegance of the lines with an intensely introspective atmosphere. Whistler experimented with etchings in 1858 in London and continued to do so, while also trying out other engraving techniques in Paris in the following years. In the French capital, the artist focused on children as his preferred subjects, as shown in this work. Whistler moved to Europe in his childhood. He may be considered one of the most interesting exponents of European art of the 19th century.