Harmony in Pink and Red probably dates from the late 1870s, between 1876 and 1878. 1
The very free technique, with the 'sauce' of the background running down onto the dress, is close to that in Arrangement in Yellow and Grey: Effie Deans [YMSM 183] of about 1876.
It is a full-length portrait of Maud Franklin (1857-1939) and her appearance corresponds closely to the lithotint of her called The Toilet c010, published in July 1878.
Photographs of the painting were signed by Whistler about 1878 and 1881. 2
According to the Pennells, it was destroyed by Whistler (possibly at the time of his bankruptcy in 1879). 3 However, the French artist Jacques Émile Blanche (1861-1942) said he saw a portrait of the sitter, Maud Franklin, 'en or roux' in Whistler's studio in 1884. 4 Blanche unfortunately is not entirely reliable in his dating.
Last updated: 21st May 2021 by Margaret