Several possible titles have been suggested:
'Crimson Note, Carmen' is the preferred title.
A head-and-shoulders portrait in vertical format. It shows a young woman in three-quarter view to right. She wears a reddish-brown shawl over her dark hair and shoulders, with a white blouse underneath. Her eyes are dark brown and she has a heavy fringe. The background is brown. A large butterfly is painted in black on her sleeve.
Carmen Rossi (b. ca 1878. Whistler painted several portraits of her, including Rose et or: La Napolitaine [YMSM 505], Violet and Rose: Carmen qui rit [YMSM 506], and Harmony in Rose and Green: Carmen [YMSM 507].
1: 5th exhibition, Society of Portrait Painters, London, 1895 (cat. no. 16).
2: Sixty-Seventh Annual Exhibition, Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia, 1898 (cat. no. 460).
3: Oil Paintings, Water Colors, Pastels and Drawings: Memorial Exhibition of the Works of Mr. J. McNeill Whistler, Copley Society, Boston, 1904 (cat. no. 38).
Last updated: 21st November 2020 by Margaret