string(23) "edanmdm:fsg_F1892.23a-b" Variations in Flesh Colour and Green - The Balcony - National Museum of Asian Art

Variations in Flesh Colour and Green - The Balcony

Detail of a pattern
Image 1 of 3
Download Image IIIF

Terms of Use

Creative Commons

At A Glance

On View
  • Period

    1864-1870; additions 1870-1879
  • Geography

    United States
  • Material

    Oil on wood panel
  • Dimension

    H x W (painting): 61.4 × 48.5 cm (24 3/16 × 19 1/8 in)
  • Accession Number

    F1892.23a-b
  • EDAN ID

    edanmdm:fsg_F1892.23a-b

Object Details

  • Artist

    James McNeill Whistler (1834-1903)
  • Description

    Four women on a balcony overlooking the river.
    Signature at lower left.
    Frame.
  • Signatures

    Signature - the Butterfly, at lower left.
  • Provenance

    G.G. Cavafy, purchased from the artist, James McNeill Whistler (1834-1903) [1]
    To 1892
    H. Wunderlich & Co., New York to 1892 [2]
    From 1892 to 1919
    Charles Lang Freer (1854-1919), purchased from H. Wunderlich & Co. in 1892 [3]
    From 1920
    Freer Gallery of Art, gift of Charles Lang Freer in 1920 [4]
    Notes:
    [1] See Curatorial Remarks 3 and 4, S. Hobbs, 1977, in the object record.
    [2] See Original Whistler List, Etchings, Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives.
    [3] See note 2.
    [4] 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.
  • Collection

    Freer Gallery of Art Collection
  • Exhibition History

    Whistler: Streetscapes, Urban Change (November 18, 2023 to May 4, 2024)
    An American in London: Whistler and the Thames (May 3 to August 17, 2014)
    Freer & Whistler: Points of Contact (February 23, 2008 to January 3, 2016)
    Pretty Women: Freer and the Ideal of Feminine Beauty (August 13, 2005 to September 17, 2006)
    James McNeill Whistler (1834-1903) (April 3, 2001 to January 24, 2008)
    Whistler & Japan (May 14, 1995 to January 1, 1996)
    American Art - James McNeill Whistler (May 9, 1993 to April 30, 1994)
    Arrangement in Yellow and Gold: Paintings by James McNeill Whistler (March 14, 1986 to April 1, 1987)
    American Paintings: James McNeill Whistler (January 17, 1985 to (end date unknown))
    James McNeill Whistler at the Freer Gallery of Art—Whistler and Modern Life (May 11, 1984 to December 16, 1984)
    American Paintings: James McNeill Whistler 1834-1903 (September 16, 1981 to March 26, 1984)
    American Paintings: James McNeill Whistler (November 11, 1976 to March 18, 1981)
    Paintings by James McNeill Whistler (August 1, 1974 to December 5, 1975)
    Portraits and Figure Painting by James McNeill Whistler (October 2, 1972 to May 2, 1973)
    Whistler Paintings (October 15, 1969 to September 25, 1971)
    Whistler Paintings (September 8, 1961 to October 15, 1969)
    American Paintings (September 8, 1961 to May 2, 1973)
    Centennial Exhibition, Galleries 10 and 11 (February 25, 1956 to November 3, 1959)
    Untitled Exhibition, Whistler Oil Paintings, Gallery 3, 1955 (December 16, 1955 to February 25, 1956)
    Untitled Exhibition, American Oil Paintings, Gallery 3, 1947 (September 25, 1947 to April 12, 1955)
    Untitled Exhibition, Works of Whistler (September 22, 1947 to April 11, 1955)
    Untitled Exhibition, Whistler Oil Paintings (February 12, 1944 to May 10, 1945)
    Untitled Exhibition, Whistler Watercolors, Oil Paintings, and Pastels (January 20, 1944 to October 13, 1947)
    American Paintings, J.A.McN. Whistler (May 2, 1923 to February 12, 1944)
    Untitled Exhibition, University of Michigan Club, Detroit, 1914 (1914)
    A Selection of Art Objects from the Freer Collection Exhibited in the New Building of the National Museum (April 15 to June 15, 1912)
    Ausstellung Amerikanischer Kunst (March 17 to April 17, 1910)
    Exposition des Oeuvres de James McNeill Whistler (May 1905)
    Oil Paintings, Water Colors, Pastels and Drawings: Memorial Exhibition of the Works of Mr. J. McNeill Whistler (February 23 to March 22, 1904)
    Untitled Exhibition, Society of American Artists, 1903 (1903)
    Autumn Exhibition (October 28 to November 18, 1902)
    Pan-American Exposition, Exhibition of Fine Arts (May 1 to November 2, 1901)
    Second Annual Exhibition, Carnegie Institute (November 4, 1897 to January 1, 1898)
    Nocturnes, Marines and Chevalet Pieces (March through April, 1892)
    Retrospective Exhibition (December 5 to 25, 1892)
    Exposition Universelle (May 6 to October 31, 1889)
    Grosvenor Gallery Summer Exhibition (Summer 1878)
    The Exhibition of the Royal Academy of Arts: The One Hundred and Second (1870)
  • Previous custodian or owner

    G. G. Cavafy
    H. Wunderlich & Co. (1874-1912) (C.L. Freer source)
    Charles Lang Freer (1854-1919)
  • Origin

    United States
  • Credit Line

    Gift of Charles Lang Freer
  • Type

    Painting
  • On View

    Freer South Corridor
  • Restrictions and Rights

    CC0 - Creative Commons (CC0 1.0)

    This image is in the public domain (free of copyright restrictions). You can copy, modify, and distribute this work without contacting the Smithsonian. For more information, visit the Smithsonian's Terms of Use page.

    The information presented on this website may be revised and updated at any time as ongoing research progresses or as otherwise warranted. Pending any such revisions and updates, information on this site may be incomplete or inaccurate or may contain typographical errors. Neither the Smithsonian nor its regents, officers, employees, or agents make any representations about the accuracy, reliability, completeness, or timeliness of the information on the site. Use this site and the information provided on it subject to your own judgment. The National Museum of Asian Art welcomes information that would augment or clarify the ownership history of objects in their collections.

Keep Exploring