Study for The Tall Flower (recto) and Design for a Wall Decoration” (verso)

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Maker(s)
Artist: James McNeill Whistler (United States, 1834-1903)
Historical period(s)
ca. 1886
Medium
Watercolor on paper
Dimensions
H x W: 25.3 x 17.6 cm (9 15/16 x 6 15/16 in)
Geography
United States
Credit Line
Gift of Charles Lang Freer
Accession Number
F1904.63a-c
On View Location
Currently not on view
Classification(s)
Painting
Type

Watercolor

Keywords
nude, United States, woman
Provenance

To 1904
Obach & Co., London, to 1904 [1]

From 1904 to 1919
Charles Lang Freer (1854-1919), purchased from Obach & Co. in 1904 [2]

From 1920
Freer Gallery of Art, gift of Charles Lang Freer in 1920 [3]

Notes:
[1] See Original Whistler List, Paintings, pg. 20, Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives.

[2] See note 1.

[3] The original deed of Charles Lang Freer's gift was signed in 1906. The collection was received in 1920 upon the completion of the Freer Gallery.

Previous Owner(s)

Charles Lang Freer 1854-1919
Obach & Co. (C.L. Freer source)

Label

Although titled Study, there is no evidence that Whistler painted a more finished version of this figure titled The Tall Flower. The verso of this sketch is decorative floral design for a wall that seems to be divided into three sections and illustrates Whistler's interest in Rococo revival interior design.

Published References
  • David Park Curry. James McNeill Whistler at the Freer Gallery of Art. Washington and New York, 1984. pp. 44, 176, pl. 93.
  • Margaret F. MacDonald. James McNeill Whistler: Drawings, Pastels, and Watercolours : A Catalogue RaisonnĂ©. New Haven, 1995. .
  • Burns A. Stubbs Freer Gallery of Art. Paintings, pastels, drawings, prints, and copper plates by and attributed to American and European artists, together with a list of original Whistleriana in the Freer Gallery of Art. Occasional Papers Series 1, Washington, D.C. p. 18.
Collection Area(s)
American Art
Web Resources
Google Cultural Institute
Rights Statement

Copyright with museum