|Size:||135 x 98 mm|
|Signed:||butterfly to left|
|No. of States:||1|
|Impressions taken from this plate (2)|
'The Fan' (1888, Whistler). 2
'The Fan' (1889, Whistler). 3
'Model Number Three' (1900, Caxton Club). 4
'Model with Fan' (1909, Howard Mansfield (1849-1938)). 5
'The Fan (Model No. 3)' (1910, Edward Guthrie Kennedy (1849-1932)). 6
'The Fan' is the original and preferred title.
A masked woman m1225, pastel, 1888/1889,
The Hunterian, University of Glasgow (46142).
Fans also figure prominently in later drawings, such as Blue and Rose: The Open Fan m1233, Reclining figure with fan m1303, Nude holding a fan m1322, A woman holding a black fan m1377, r.: A woman holding a pink fan; v.: Study of a woman holding a fan m1461, A girl waving a fan m1465, A draped model reclining with a fan m1609 and A draped girl holding a fan in her left hand m1623.
In this etching, the effect of movement, with the multiple outlines of the face and body, is reminiscent of nude and draped studies by Auguste Rodin (1840-1917). Rodin visited Whistler in his London studio about 1885 and in the 1890s their studios were close together in Paris, and they admired each other's work. 7
7: See e.g. J. Newton and M. MacDonald, 'Rodin. The Whistler monument', Gazette des Beaux-Arts, 92, 1978, pp. 221-31; Newton 1984 [more].