Fumette. 1858. Etching. Kennedy 13.iv; Glasgow 12.v. 6 3/8 x 4 1/4 (sheet 7 7/8 x 5 3/4). Glasgow records 74 known impressions. Series: Douze Eaux-Fortes d'après Nature(French set). A rich tonal impression in warm brown/black ink on 'Austin' off-white laid paper. Signed in the plate. $3,500.
During 1858-59, Whistler lived with the model, Héloise, in Rue Saint-Sulpice, Paris. Although Whistler had nicknamed her 'Fumette' in imitation of 'Musette', a character in Scènes de la vie de Bohème. A milliner's assistant, artist's model and reciter of poetry, she was known throughout the Latin Quarter as "the tigress" (la tigresse) for her raging voice and dangerous temper. Their relationship was a stormy. One day in a fit of anger, she tore up a number of Whistler's drawings.
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