Venus (Standing Nude)

Artist: James McNeill Whistler (American, 1834-1903)
Historical period(s)
Black crayon with touches of white chalk on brown paper
H x W: 119.4 x 61.4 cm (47 x 24 3/16 in)
United States
Credit Line
Gift of Charles Lang Freer
Accession Number
On View Location
Currently not on view


fan, nude, United States, woman

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]


[1] See Original Whistler List, Paintings, pg. 32, 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

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. 387.
  • Margaret F. MacDonald. James McNeill Whistler: Drawings, Pastels, and Watercolours : A Catalogue RaisonnĂ©. New Haven, 1995. .
  • Margaret F. MacDonald, Patricia de Montfort, Pamela Robertson, Lee Glazer. James McNeill Whistler Retrospective. Exh. cat. Tokyo, 2014. p. 9, fig. 2.
  • James McNeill Whistler in Context: Essays from the Whistler Centenary Symposium, University of Glasgow, 2003. vol. 2, , First edition. Washington, 2008. p. 13, fig. 1.11.
  • Pamela Robertson. Beauty and the Butterfly: Whistler's Depictions of Women. Exh. cat. Glasgow. p. 19, fig. 6.
  • Robin Spencer. The Aesthetic Movement: Theory and practice. London. p. 39.
  • Linda Merrill. The Peacock Room: A Cultural Biography. Washington and New Haven. p. 100, fig. 2.18, 61.4.
  • The New Painting of the 1860s. New Haven and London. p. 178, fig. 159.
  • David Park Curry. James McNeill Whistler at the Freer Gallery of Art. Washington and New York, 1984. p. 244, pl. 216.
Collection Area(s)
American Art
Web Resources
Google Cultural Institute
Rights Statement

Copyright with museum