Title:Square House, AmsterdamArtist:James McNeill Whistler Date:1889Creation Place:North America, United StatesCredit Line:The William M. Ladd Collection
Gift of Herschel V. Jones, 1916Accession Number:P.4,607
Whistler created ten etchings of Amsterdam, which he believed were some of the most successful of his career. Being in the land of Rembrandt, whom Whistler called "the master," inspired him. These etchings combine the exacting technique of his early Thames scenes with the impressionism of his Venetian subjects. In the Amsterdam works Whistler used intricate linear patterns to evoke the varied surfaces of the houses and their reflections in the canals.