Whistler's original title is not known. Only one title has been suggested:
The punctuation was changed to conform with other titles: 'The Greengrocer's Shop, Paris' is therefore the generally accepted title.
The ground floor frontage of a shop fills the horizontal panel. In the centre is an open window with small panes, and a glimpse of goods within. On the windowsill and on a low bench in front of it are bowls, baskets, and small piles of fruit and vegetables. Two bunches – possibly of herbs – hang to right of the window, and beyond them, at right, is a dark open doorway. At far right, a woman is standing with hands on hips. The colours are restricted to browns and ochres.
A small shop, said to be in Paris, though it could easily have been in London or a smaller town: this is a very small-scale business, with no more goods for sale than a market stall.
The theme of shopfronts and streetscapes recurs in Whistler's work throughout the 1880s and 1890s.
Last updated: 22nd October 2020 by Margaret