Several possible titles have been suggested:
'Dark Blue and Silver' is the preferred title.
A seascape in horizontal format, seen from a low, sea-level viewpoint. The sea is dark blue-green with a few white waves, with a sailing boat to right of centre and two distant sails on the horizon. The pale blue sky is scattered with big white and grey clouds.
It was painted at 'at the Isle de Bréha, Brittany', which is off the northernmost point of Brittany. 8 Arthur Jerome Eddy (1859-1920) suggested that, like Violet and Silver: A Deep Sea [YMSM 411] and Violet and Blue: Among the Rollers [YMSM 413], it was 'painted off-shore while the boatman steadied his boat.' 9
1: Fair Women, Grafton Galleries, London, 1894 (cat. no. 49).
3: Exposition Nationale des Beaux-Arts, Société Nationale des Beaux-Arts, Champ de Mars, Paris, 1894 (cat. no. 1182).
5: Second Annual Exhibition, Carnegie Institute, Pittsburgh, 1897 (cat. no. 234).
6: Oil Paintings, Water Colors, Pastels and Drawings: Memorial Exhibition of the Works of Mr. J. McNeill Whistler, Copley Society, Boston, 1904 (cat. no. 30)
Last updated: 21st November 2020 by Margaret