Grey and Gold – High Tide at Pourville

Maker(s)
Artist: James McNeill Whistler (American, 1834-1903)
Historical period(s)
1899
Medium
Oil on wood panel
Dimensions
H x W: 13.9 x 23.4 cm (5 1/2 x 9 3/16 in)
Geography
United States
Credit Line
Gift of Charles Lang Freer
Accession Number
F1904.163a-b
On View Location
Currently not on view
Classification(s)
Painting
Type

Oil painting

Keywords
dog, United States
Provenance

James Staats Forbes (1823-1904), London [1]

To 1904
Obach & Co., London, to 1904 [2]

From 1904 to 1919
Charles Lang Freer (1854-1919), purchased from Obach & Co. in 1904 [3]

From 1920
Freer Gallery of Art, gift of Charles Lang Freer in 1920 [4]

Notes:

[1] See Freer Gallery of Art Purchase List file, Collections Management Office. Also, according to Curatorial Remark 2 in the object record, an undated note from C.L. Freer states: "From the Forbes Collection."

[2] See Original Whistler List, Paintings, pg. 15, 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.

Previous Owner(s)

Obach & Co. (C.L. Freer source)
James Staats Forbes 1823 - 1904
Charles Lang Freer 1854-1919

Label

Many of the paintings Whistler executed in Pourville-sur-Mer in 1899 were completed in September or October, after most vacationers would have returned home. Grey and Gold: High Tide at Pourville exudes the off-season melancholy Whistler described in an 1896 letter to his sister-in-law: "A seaside place after the season is like a theatre in the daytime-there is an uncanny sort of loneliness about it."

Published References
  • Andrew McLaren Young, Margaret F. MacDonald, Robin Spencer. The Paintings of James McNeill Whistler. Studies in British Art 2 vols. New Haven, 1980. pl. 334.
  • David Park Curry. James McNeill Whistler at the Freer Gallery of Art. Washington and New York, 1984. pp. 23, 155, pl. 64.
  • With Kindest Regards: The Correspondence of Charles Lang Freer and James McNeill Whistler 1890-1903. Washington. p. 121, fig. 33.
Collection Area(s)
American Art
Web Resources
Google Cultural Institute
Rights Statement

Copyright with museum