Gold and Orange: The Neighbors

Artist: James McNeill Whistler (1834-1903)
Historical period(s)
ca. 1894-1895
Oil on wood panel
H x W: 21.6 x 12.8 cm (8 1/2 x 5 1/16 in)
United States
Credit Line
Gift of Charles Lang Freer
Freer Gallery of Art
Accession Number
On View Location
Currently not on view

Oil painting

United States
Provenance research underway.

In his book on Whistler, Denys Sutton noted the "Mallarméan allusiveness" of Gold and Orange: The Neighbors. "Whistler appears to hint at inner meanings and to provide the stuff for interpretation; thus, a strange hallucinatory atmosphere is suggested by the presence of the two old women." Recent cleaning has revealed the delicacy with which Whistler painted the delicious lace curtains and the crispness of the drying laundry.

Quotation from Denys Sutton, Whistler: Paintings, Etchings, Pastels, and Watercolours (London: Phaidon Press, 1966), 44.

Published References
  • Denys Sutton. James McNeill Whistler: Paintings, Etchings, Pastels & Watercolours. London, 1966. pl. 101.
  • Andrew McLaren Young, Margaret F. MacDonald, Robin Spencer. The Paintings of James McNeill Whistler. Studies in British Art 2 vols. New Haven, 1980. vol. 2: pl. 260.
  • David Park Curry. James McNeill Whistler at the Freer Gallery of Art. Washington and New York, 1984. p. 147, pl. 54.
Collection Area(s)
American Art
Web Resources
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