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

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Green and Silver. The Three Clouds

Provenance

  • 2013: sold by Boisgirard-Antonini, Paris, at Drouot Richelieu, Salle 4, Tableaux Modernes, Paris, 12 June 2013 (lot 23).
  • 2017: Thomas Colville Fine Art, New York.

The earlier provenance is not known, although it was exhibited in Munich in 1888 and New York in 1889, before being returned to Whistler.

Exhibitions

  • 1888: III. Internationale Kunst-Ausstellung, Königlicher Glaspalast, Munich, 1888 (cat. no. 29) as 'Grau und Silber: Die drei Wolken'.
  • 1889: “Notes” – “Harmonies” – “Nocturnes”, H. Wunderlich & Co., New York, 1889 (cat. no. 18) as 'Green and Silver – The Three Clouds'.

The Home Journal, 15 March 1889, described it as 'clever in indicating cloud effects'.

It was priced at 80 guineas in 1889 (which was among the higher prices), but remained unsold. It was returned to Whistler after the exhibition by Wunderlich's on the SS Servia. 1

Notes:

1: G. Dieterlen, H. Wunderlich & Co., to Whistler, 1 November 1889, GUW #07187.

Last updated: 2nd April 2021 by Margaret