Symphony in Grey and Green: The Ocean was painted in 1866, with further details added in 1872, and it may have been touched up in 1892.
1866: it was painted on Whistler's visit to Valparaiso in South America. He spent six months in Chile at the time of a brief confrontation between Chile and Spain. 1 According to Whistler's diary for the trip, he left Southampton on 2 February, arrived in Valparaiso on 12 March, and sailed for England early in September 1866. 2
1872: the foliage and signature were probably added, and the frame made, for exhibition. 3 It was shown in the 6th Winter Exhibition of Cabinet Pictures in Oil, Dudley Gallery, London, 1872 (cat. no. 37) as 'Symphony in grey and green – the Ocean'.
1892: repaired and possibly retouched for the exhibition in Nocturnes, Marines & Chevalet Pieces, Goupil Gallery, London, 1892 (cat. no. 15).
Last updated: 13th January 2021 by Margaret