Detail from The Canal, Amsterdam, 1889, James McNeill Whistler, The Hunterian, University of Glasgow

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Arrangement en couleur chair et noir: Portrait de Théodore Duret

Catalogues Raisonnés

  • Young, Andrew McLaren, Margaret F. MacDonald, Robin Spencer, and Hamish Miles, The Paintings of James McNeill Whistler, New Haven and London, 1980 (cat. no. 252), plate 159, as 'Arrangement en couleur chair et noir: Portrait de Théodore Duret'.

Authored by Whistler

  • None.

Catalogues 1855-1905

  • Ouvrages de peinture, sculpture, architecture, gravure et lithographie des artistes vivants, 103rd exhibition, Salon de la Société des artistes français, Palais des Champs Elysées, Paris, 1885 (cat. no. 2460) as 'Portrait de M. Théodore Duret'.
  • Memorial Exhibition of the Works of the late James McNeill Whistler, First President of The International Society of Sculptors, Painters and Gravers, New Gallery, Regent Street, London, 1905 (cat. no. 10) as 'Portrait of Monsieur Théodore Duret, Writer on Art'.

Newspapers 1855-1905

  • Anon., 'Art and Literature', York Herald, York, 22 November 1884, p. 14.
  • 'The Paris Salon', London Evening Standard, London, 30 April 1885, p. 3.
  • 'The Paris Salon', London Daily News, London, 2 May 1885, p. 3.
  • 'New Books', Illustrated London News, London, 6 June 1885, pp. 22-23.

Journals 1855-1905

  • Maus, Octave, L'Art Moderne, 24 May 1885, p. 164.


  • None.

Books on Whistler

  • Duret, Théodore, Histoire de J. McN. Whistler et de son oeuvre, Paris, 1904, pp. 99-102, 104-05, colour repr. by Clot f.p. 162, entitled 'Arrangement en couleur chair et noir'.
  • Duret, Théodore, trans. by Frank Rutter, Whistler, English edition, London, 1917, pp. 68-72.
  • Enaud-Lechien, Isabelle, James Whistler, le peintre et le polémiste (1834-1903), Courbevoie, 1995, p. 107.
  • Glazer, Lee, Emily Jacobsen, Blyth McCarthy, and Katherine Roeder, Whistler in Watercolor. Lovely Little Games, Freer Gallery of Art, Washington, DC, 2019, repr. p. 63.
  • Pennell, Elizabeth Robins, and Joseph Pennell, The Life of James McNeill Whistler, 2 vols, London and Philadelphia, 1908, vol. 1, pp. 306-08.
  • Petri, Grischka, Arrangement in Business: The Art Markets and the Career of James McNeill Whistler, Hildesheim, 2011, pp. 390, 429-30, 443, 451, 695.
  • Sickert, Bernhard, Whistler, London and New York, 1908, p. 39.
  • Singletary, Suzanne M., James McNeill Whistler and France: A Dialogue in Paint, Poetry, and Music, London and New York, 2017.
  • Spencer, Robin, Whistler, New York, 1990, p. 112.
  • Sutherland, Daniel E., Whistler: A Life for Art's Sake, New Haven and London, 2014, pp. 199, 289.
  • Sutton, Denys, James McNeill Whistler: Paintings, Etchings, Pastels and Watercolours, London, 1966, pp. 101-02.
  • Taylor, Hilary, James McNeill Whistler, London, 1978, pp. 125-26.
  • Way, Thomas Robert, and G. R. Dennis, The Art of James McNeill Whistler: An Appreciation, 1st edition, London, 1903, p. 48, repr. f.p. 38.

Books, General

  • Baron, Wendy, Sickert, London, 1973, p. 13, note 13.
  • Curry, David Park, James McNeill Whistler: Uneasy Pieces, New York, 2004, p. 156.
  • Denney, Colleen, At the Temple of Art: The Grosvenor Gallery, 1877-1890, Madison, NJ, 1999, p. 125.
  • Havemeyer, Louisine W., Sixteen to Sixty: Memoirs of a Collector, New York, 1961, p. 189.
  • Meier-Grafe, Julius, Modern Art, trans. F. Simmonds and G. W. Chrystal, 2 vols, London and New York, 1908, pp. 223-24.
  • Moore, George, Confessions of a Young Man, London, 1928, pp. 91-92, 103.
  • Robins, Anna Gruetzner (ed.), Walter Sickert: the Complete Writings on Art, Oxford, 2000, p. 284.
  • Salomon, Antoine, ‎Guy Cogeval, ‎Edouard Vuillard, and Mathias Chivot, Vuillard: The Inexhaustible Glance: Critical Catalogue of Paintings and Pastels, Milan, 2003, p. 1135 (Vuillard's Theodore Vuillard in his Study (cat. no. IX-199)).
  • Sutton, Denys, (ed.)., The Letters of Roger Fry, 2 vols., London, 1972, pp. 310-13.

Catalogues 1906-Present


  • Beeson, Nora B., Guide to The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, 1972.
  • Spassky, Natalie, with Linda Bantel, Doreen Bolger Burke, Meg Perlman, and Amy L. Walsh, American Paintings in The Metropolitan Museum of Art, vol. 2, A Catalogue of Works by Artists Born between 1816 and 1845, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, 1985, pp. 385-92.
  • Davidson, Marshall B., The American Wing: A Guide, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, 1980, fig. 483.
  • Davidson, Marshall B., and Elizabeth Stillinger, The American Wing at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, 1985.
  • Salinger, Margareta, Masterpieces of American Painting in The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, 1986, p. 148.
  • Howard, Kathleen, The Metropolitan Museum of Art Guide, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, 1994.
  • Roque, Oswaldo Rodriguez, intro., The Metropolitan Museum of Art, vol. 9, The United States of America, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, 1987.
  • Heckscher, Morrison H., and H. Barbara Weinberg, et al., A Walk Through The American Wing, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, 2002.
  • Galitz, Kathryn Calley, The Metropolitan Museum of Art: Masterpiece Paintings, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, 2016, p. 446 (cat. no. 390).


  • Paintings in oil and pastel by James McNeill Whistler, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, 1910 (cat. no. 57).
  • Great Portraits by Famous Painters, Minneapolis Museum of Art, 1952 (cat. no. 41).
  • Sweet, Frederick A. (ed.), Sargent, Whistler and Mary Cassatt, Art Institute of Chicago and Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, 1954 (cat. no. 115).
  • Three Centuries of American Painting, Brooklyn Museum, Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, California Palace of the Legionof Honor, 1967-1968 (cat. no. 89).
  • Spencer, Robin, James McNeill Whistler (1834-1903), Nationalgalerie, Berlin, 1969 (cat. no. 35).
  • From Realism to Symbolism: Whistler and His World, Wildenstein, New York, and Philadelphia Museum of Art, 1971 (cat. no. 37).
  • 100 Paintings from the Metropolitan Museum, New York, Pushkin Museum, Moscow, and Hermitage, Leningrad, 1975 (cat. no. 94).
  • Dorment, Richard, and Margaret F. MacDonald, James McNeill Whistler, Tate Gallery, London, Musée d’Orsay, Paris, and National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC, 1994-1995 (cat. no. 127).
  • Weinberg, H. Barbara, Doreen Bolger, and David Park Curry, American Impressionism and Realism: The Painting of Modern Life, 1885–1915, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, 1994, pp. 269-70.
  • Tinterow, Gary, and Geneviève Lacambre, et al., Manet/Velázquez: The French Taste for Spanish Painting, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, 2003.
  • Groom, Gloria, ed., Impressionism, Fashion, and Modernity, Musée d'Orsay, Paris, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, and Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, 2012-2013.

Journals 1906-Present

  • Burroughs, Bryson, 'Arrangement in Flesh Color and Black. Portrait of Théodore Duret by James Abbott McNeill Whistler', Bulletin of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, vol. 8, March 1913, pp. 44-46.
  • Laughton, Bruce, 'The British and American contribution to Les XX 1884-93', Apollo, vol. 86, November 1967, pp. 373-79, p. 373.
  • Newton, Joy, and Margaret F. MacDonald, 'Whistler: Search for a European Reputation', Zeitschrift fur Kunstgeschichte, vol. 41, 1978, pp. 148-59, at p. 152.
  • Sickert, Walter Richard, ‘Where Paul and I differ’, Art News, no. 14, 10 February 1910, p. 113.
  • Sickert, Walter Richard, ‘L’Affaire Greaves’, New Age, 15 June 1911, pp. 159-60, at p. 160.
  • Spencer, Robin, 'Whistler, Manet, and the Tradition of the Avant-Garde', in: Ruth Fine (ed.), James McNeill Whistler: A Reexamination, Studies in the History of Art, vol. 19, Washington, DC, 1987, pp. 47-64.


  • Metropolitan Museum of Art website at


  • Revillon, Joseph Whistler, Draft Catalogue Raisonné of the Paintings of J. McN. Whistler, [ca 1945-1955], Glasgow University Library (cat. no. 161).


  • None.

Last updated: 4th December 2020 by Margaret