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Balcony, Amsterdam

Impression: Art Institute of Chicago
Art Institute of Chicago
Number: 446
Date: 1889
Medium: etching and drypoint
Size: 272 x 169 mm
Signed: butterfly at right
Inscribed: no
Set/Publication: no
No. of States: 4
Known impressions: 27
Catalogues: K.405; M.404; W.262
Impressions taken from this plate  (27)


Four states are known.

State 1

Etching: K4050102
Signed with a butterfly on the lowest window at the right.

State 2

Etching: K4050206
Shading is added in the lower door on the man and the interior, and on the door above the balcony; curtains are extended in the window above the balcony, and shading on the right-hand window panes; the shadow of the drying clothes at the top is extended; drypoint lines are added on the walls, particularly to the right and left of the central area, and between the two windows at the left; the reflections are much more elaborate.

State 3

Etching: K4050207
Additions include close, even shading on the shadow from the clothes hung at the top; fine horizontal and diagonal shading on the wall above the cloth hanging on the balcony; light horizontal shading on both sides of the central building; more shading between the windows at the left; diagonal shading is extended across the lower window at the right, and vertical shading added above it.

State 4

Etching: K4050318
The butterfly is shaded; the shadows of clothes hanging at the top are darkened and extended with diagonal shading and cross-hatching, reaching down between the windows; long vertical lines are added on the building at the right; on the building at the left, vertical lines are added above the waterline, then diagonal and vertical lines above, and long, slightly slanting horizontal lines over the lower window and to the left of the balcony.
Either the drypoint shading wore or was rubbed down, producing misty effects in the shadowed doorway in many impressions (e.g. , ).

State 4 (cancelled)

No impression from the cancelled plate is known. It is known only from the cancelled plate.