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Purple and Rose: The Lange Leizen Six MarksJames Abbott McNeill Whistler. Oil on canvas. Approximately 37 x 24 inches (93 x 61.5 cm). In the collection of the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Their website has a zoomable image and a downloadable one.
The original painting is here in Philadelphia and I’ve admired it many times. I can also say with confidence that the museum’s own image of the painting is too dark (as is often the case). I’ve taken the liberty of lightening the image as I’ve shown it here.
Whistler, along with many of his European and American contemporaries in the 19th century, became fascinated by the prints, ink painting, pottery and other artifacts that were imported from Eastern Asia.
Here, he poses his model in a colorful traditional outfit, surrounded by blue-and-white Chinese porcelain, which many pieces were from his personal collection.
“Lange Leizen” is a Dutch term for “long ladies”, referring to a genre of decorative pottery that featured images of thin women.
I love his portrayal of porcelain and fabric.