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

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Violet Note


This was a pastel study of a woman wearing a minimal amount of drapery, perhaps a violet robe or scarf. The art critic of the Globe commented 'The little pastel drawings of nude and partially-draped female figures are of very unequal value … there is no suggestion of grace in that of a lady in bathing costume, "Violet Note".'

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