The suggested titles are follows:
'Violet and Blue: Among the Rollers' is the original and preferred title.
A seascape in horizontal format, showing deep green blue waves under a cloudy sky of pale turquoise and pinkish grey clouds. The waves are white-topped, and there are two sailing ships (one near. one far) on the horizon at right.
It was probably painted in Brittany in September 1893 (see The Bathing Posts, Brittany [YMSM 409]) although on 10 December 1893 Whistler wrote to D. C. Thomson of Goupil's, London dealer, that it 'was painted in Brittany a few weeks ago.' 7
The Art Journal described the three sea-pieces exhibited at the Grafton Galleries in 1894 incorrectly as having been painted the previous autumn on the coast of Normandy. 8 Geffroy was probably correct in saying all three (which he saw in Paris) were painted in the summer on the coast of Brittany (see Violet and Silver: A Deep Sea [YMSM 411]). 9
3: Fair Women, Grafton Galleries, London, 1894 (cat. no. 70).
4: Oil Paintings, Water Colors, Pastels and Drawings: Memorial Exhibition of the Works of Mr. J. McNeill Whistler, Copley Society, Boston, 1904 (cat. no. 13).
Last updated: 12th November 2020 by Margaret