The only suggested title varies in punctuation:
'Harmony in Blue: The Duet' is the preferred version of the title.
Three figures on a stage, with a curtain or flat at right, painted in horizontal format. On the stage at left stands an actor with a cocked hat and pale blue skin-tight costume, and at right, two smaller figures, one probably a woman in white, the other in a loose pale blue costume, holding a white hat or cloth.
Possibly the Gaiety Theatre, London.
Actors and actresses, not identified.
The Rhode Island School of design website comments:
'Here Whistler introduces three characters from the commedia dell’arte – a humorous theatrical presentation with stock characters – who enact a dreamlike performance. Harlequin plays the violin while Pierrot and a companion sing a duet, enveloped in a hazy blue light. The result is a union of theme, color, and setting, a key tenet of the Aesthetic style, which promoted the creation of a harmonious environment.' 3
Last updated: 12th November 2019 by Margaret