Vénus Astarté

Maker(s)
Artist: James McNeill Whistler (American, 1834-1903)
Historical period(s)
1888/1890
Medium
Chalk and pastel on brown paper
Dimensions
H x W: 27.5 x 18.4 cm (10 13/16 x 7 1/4 in)
Geography
United States
Credit Line
Gift of Charles Lang Freer
Accession Number
F1904.65a-c
On View Location
Currently not on view
Classification(s)
Drawing
Type

Drawing

Keywords
United States, woman
Provenance

To 1904
La Societe des Beaux-Arts, Glasgow , to 1904 [1]

From 1904 to 1919
Charles Lang Freer (1854-1919), purchased from La Societe des Beaux-Arts 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. 27, 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)

La Societe des Beaux-Arts (C.L. Freer source)
Charles Lang Freer 1854-1919

Label

This drawing, which depicts the Greco-Roman goddess of love & beauty, was exhibited in Whistler's time as The Birth of Venus and Venus Rising from the Sea. The pose and proportions suggest Whistler's interest in classical sculpture, and the use of drapery to frame the model's head also occurs in Harmony in Blue and Gold: The Little Blue Girl (F1903.89).

Published References
  • Denys Sutton. James McNeill Whistler: Paintings, Etchings, Pastels & Watercolours. London, 1966. pl. 118.
  • Margaret F. MacDonald. James McNeill Whistler: Drawings, Pastels, and Watercolours : A Catalogue Raisonné. New Haven, 1995. .
  • Burns A. Stubbs. James McNeill Whistler: A Biographical Outline Illustrated from the Collections of the Freer Gallery of Art. vol. 1, no. 4 Washington, 1950. pl. 18.
  • Oswald Sickert. The oil paintings of Whistler. vol. 30, no. 127. London, October 15, 1903. p. 15.
  • Charles Henry Caffin. The Art of James McNeill Whistler: Lecture at the Detroit Museum of Art. Detroit, Friday, April 23, 1909. p. 34.
  • Elisabeth Luther Cary. The Works of James McNeill Whistler: A Study., First edition. New York, 1907. cat. 263, p. 197.
  • David Park Curry. James McNeill Whistler at the Freer Gallery of Art. Washington and New York, 1984. p. 278, pl. 281.
Collection Area(s)
American Art
Web Resources
Google Cultural Institute
Rights Statement

Copyright with museum