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Blue and Gold–The Rose Azalea

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At A Glance

  • Period

    ca. 1893-1895
  • Geography

    United States
  • Material

    Watercolor with pastel and charcoal on brown paper
  • Dimension

    H x W: 27.8 × 18.1 cm (10 15/16 × 7 1/8 in)
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Object Details

  • Artist

    James McNeill Whistler (1834-1903)
  • Description

    Draped female figure, holding a potted plant, posed before a folding screen; signed with the butterfly. Water color on brown paper.
  • Signatures

    Yellow-orange butterfly at center of right edge.
  • Paper/Support

    On rough, brown paper mounted overall to board.
  • Provenance

    From 1894 to 1919
    Charles Lang Freer (1854-1919), purchased from James McNeill Whistler in 1894 [1]
    From 1920
    Freer Gallery of Art, gift of Charles Lang Freer in 1920 [2]
    [1] See Original Whistler List, Paintings, pg. 16, Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives.
    [2] 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 in Watercolor (May 18 to November 3, 2019)
    The Lost Symphony: Whistler & the Perfection of Art (January 16 to May 30, 2016)
    Chinamania (2010) (August 7, 2010 to August 7, 2011)
    James McNeill Whistler at the Freer Gallery of Art: Whistler as Decorator (May 11, 1984 to December 5, 1984)
    American Paintings: James McNeill Whistler (November 11, 1976 to March 18, 1981)
    Whistler Pastels and Water Colors (July 1 to July 31, 1974)
    Untitled Exhibition, Whistler Paintings and Drawings (December 14, 1955 to February 25, 1956)
    Untitled Exhibition, Works of Whistler (September 22, 1947 to April 11, 1955)
    Whistler Water Colors (January 7, 1924 to April 4, 1930)
    Whistler Pastels and Drawings, Re-arranged and some additions (January 7, 1924 to January 20, 1944)
    Panama-Pacific International Exposition (February 20 to December 4, 1915)
    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)
    Philadelphia Water Color Club, Second Annual Exhibition (March 18 to April 1, 1903)
    The Copley Society Second Annual Exhibition of Contemporary Art (November 19 to December 19, 1902)
  • Previous custodian or owner

    James McNeill Whistler (1834-1903) (C.L. Freer source)
    Charles Lang Freer (1854-1919)
  • Origin

    United States
  • Credit Line

    Gift of Charles Lang Freer
  • Type

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