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

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Yellow and Grey

Provenance

Unknown.

Exhibitions

  • 1884: 'Notes' - 'Harmonies' - 'Nocturnes', Messrs Dowdeswell, London, 1884 (cat. no. 43) as 'Yellow and grey'.
  • 1884: possibly Annual Exhibition of Sketches, Pictures & Photography: A Loan Collection of Pictures by Mr Whistler ..., Dublin Sketching Club, Dublin, 1884 (cat. no. 233).

The Builder compared this painting with two watercolours in the Dowdeswell exhibition (cat. nos. 16, 19) although, according to the catalogue, it was an oil:

'These figures are very slightly sketched, and their faces will certainly not bear looking close at; but they nearly all have character in pose, and show that there is good drawing underlying their shadowy similitude; one in particular, "Yellow and Grey" (43), a girl standing before a background of yellow, is charming in attitude and in the masterly indication of the figure.' 1

                    Pink Note – The Novelette, Freer Gallery of Art
Pink Note – The Novelette, Freer Gallery of Art

                    Harmony in Violet and Amber, Freer Gallery of Art
Harmony in Violet and Amber, Freer Gallery of Art

The two watercolours to which it was compared are Pink note - The Novelette [M.0900] and Harmony in violet and amber [M.0906].

Notes:

1: Anon., 'Mr Whistler's Exhibition', The Builder, London, 24 May 1884.

Last updated: 7th February 2021 by Margaret