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

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Green and Grey: The Oyster Smacks, Evening

This seascape dates from Whistler's time in Trouville, probably between October and November 1865. 1


                Green and Grey: The Oyster Smacks, Evening, Art Institute of Chicago
Green and Grey: The Oyster Smacks, Evening, Art Institute of Chicago

The dates of Whistler's visit to Trouville are not precisely known. He was still in London in mid-August 1865, but he probably left England shortly afterwards. He was certainly in Trouville in October, and on 20 October wrote to Lucas (Luke) Alexander Ionides (1837-1924) from the Hôtel du Bras d'Or:

'I am staying here to finish two or three sea pieces which I wish to bring back with me - I believe they will be fine - and worth quite anything of the kind I have ever done - This is a charming place - although now the season is quite over and every one has left - but the effects of sea and sky are finer than during the milder weather.' 2

On 26 October he wrote again to Ionides, 'I am finishing some important pictures which will keep me here until about the 10th of Nov … My picture I think you will like very much - The Sea is splendid at this moment but I am anxious to get back.' 3

Notes:

1: YMSM 1980 [more] (cat. no. 70).

2: GUW #11310.

3: GUW #11311.

Last updated: 14th December 2020 by Margaret