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


Crepuscule in Opal: Trouville


Variations on the title include:

  • 'Crepuscule in Opal' (1892, Goupil). 1
  • 'Crepuscule in Opal, Trouville' (1905, ISSPG). 2
  • 'Crepuscule in Opal: Trouville' (1980, YMSM). 3

A newspaper commented n 1892, 'with Mr. Whistler subject is nothing except as giving a scope for colour', and this was emphasized by titles such as 'Crepuscule in Opal'. 4

'Crepuscule in Opal: Trouville' is the preferred title.


                    Crepuscule in Opal: Trouville, Toledo Museum of Art, OH
Crepuscule in Opal: Trouville, Toledo Museum of Art, OH

A beach scene in horizontal format. A broad beach, with a few scattered rocks, leads to a pale silvery sea. A pale blue sky is flecked with clouds, a band of grey clouds at left being tinged with yellow and red.


Trouville, a popular seaside resort on the coast of France.

Whistler painted several pictures at Trouville, including Harmony in Blue and Silver: Trouville [YMSM 064], Sea and Rain [YMSM 065], Blue and Silver: Trouville [YMSM 066], Green and Grey. Channel [YMSM 069], and Trouville [YMSM 070].


1: Nocturnes, Marines & Chevalet Pieces, Goupil Gallery, London, 1892 (cat. no. 39).

2: 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. 140).

3: YMSM 1980 [more] (cat. no. 67).

4: Anon., 'The Musical World', St James's Gazette, 21 March 1892, pp. 12-13.

Last updated: 1st December 2020 by Margaret