Suggested titles are as follows:
The preferred title, 'Grey and Gold: High Tide at Pourville', is based on that in the Goupil show, with punctuation regularised to conform with other titles.
A view of the sea from a beach, in horizontal format. A narrow strip of beach runs at a slight diagonal from lower left up to right, where a man and a dog stand near the water's edge. The green sea is rough, with white breakers, under a cloudy sky with patches of blue. There are several small sailing ships on the horizon at right.
Pourville-sur-mer, on the Normandy coast of France, near Dieppe. Whistler was convalescing with his in-laws, the Birnie Philips, at the Pavillon Madeleine, Pourville-sur-Mer, in August 1899. He wrote in the autumn to the artist Albert Ludovici, Jr (1852-1932), praising his own work in contrast to that of Pierre Auguste Renoir (1841-1919):
'September & October are clearly the months for the sea -
I am just beginning to understanding the principle of these things - You know how I always reduce things to principles!
… I could not help thinking of your two French painters who thought they had something new in Renoir! - and who looked with contempt upon le "vieux tableau"! -
"Plein air" indeed! - I should like to show you one or two little panels!' 4
Last updated: 13th November 2020 by Margaret