The Paintings of James McNeill Whistler

M.0458
r.: A Japanese Woman; v.: Girl with parasol

r.: A Japanese Woman; v.: Girl with parasol

Artist: James McNeill Whistler
Date: 1872/1873
Collection: Colby College Museum of Art
Accession Number: 2013.290
Medium: chalk and pastel
Support: brown wove paper
Size: 11 x 7" (280 x 178 mm)
Signature: none
Inscription: '2 1/2 Int Gilt / 1/2 Oak' in an unknown hand

Date

r.: A Japanese Woman; v.: Girl with parasol date from 1872/1873.

r.: A Japanese Woman, Colby College Museum of Art
r.: A Japanese Woman, Colby College Museum of Art

They are catalogued in MacDonald 1995 (cat. rais.) [more] (cat. no. 458). The record has been updated.

Images

r.: A Japanese Woman, Colby College Museum of Art
r.: A Japanese Woman, Colby College Museum of Art

 v.: Girl with a parasol, Colby College Museum of Art
v.: Girl with a parasol, Colby College Museum of Art

 The White Symphony: Three Girls, Freer Gallery of Art
The White Symphony: Three Girls, Freer Gallery of Art

Technique

Composition

 v.: Girl with a parasol, Colby College Museum of Art
v.: Girl with a parasol, Colby College Museum of Art

 The White Symphony: Three Girls, Freer Gallery of Art
The White Symphony: Three Girls, Freer Gallery of Art

The nude study on the verso relates to the right hand figure in The White Symphony: Three Girls y087 and The Three Girls y088.

History

Provenance

The Colby website comments:

'Whistler created this pastel—the first work by the artist to enter the Lunder Collection—as part of an uncompleted mosaic commission for the South Kensington Museum. A second pastel, also for the unrealized commission, shows a Japanese woman painting a fan. The artist in this image, holding a brush in her right hand, has paused in her work, allowing the parasol to gracefully frame her soft features.' 1

Bibliography

Catalogues Raisonnés

Books on Whistler

Books, General

Catalogues 1906-Present

Websites


Notes:

1: Colby College Museum of Art Website.