Sunset, in Red and Brown

Maker(s)
Artist: James McNeill Whistler (1834-1903)
Historical period(s)
1879-1880
Medium
Chalk and pastel on brown paper
Dimensions
H x W: 30.1 x 20.3 cm (11 7/8 x 8 in)
Geography
United States
Credit Line
Gift of Charles Lang Freer
Collection
Freer Gallery of Art
Accession Number
F1917.8a-b
On View Location
Currently not on view
Classification(s)
Drawing
Type

Drawing

Keywords
sunset, United States
Provenance

To 1917
Mrs. Louisine Havemeyer (1855-1929), New York to 1917 [1]

From 1917 to 1919
Charles Lang Freer (1854-1919), given by Mrs. Louisine Havemeyer in 1917 [2]

From 1920
Freer Gallery of Art, gift of Charles Lang Freer in 1920 [3]

Notes:

[1] See Accession List, Collections Management office, as well as Original Whistler List, pg. 16, 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)

Charles Lang Freer 1854-1919
Mrs. Louisine Havemeyer (C.L. Freer source) 1855-1929

Label

Whistler did not complete every pastel he began, and he sometimes reused drawing paper. An earlier drawing of a figure in front of a high-arched doorway is visible in the center of this sheet. In this drawing, Whistler attempted to unify the composite drawing by scumbling the colors in the sky and water.

Published References
  • Margaret F. MacDonald. James McNeill Whistler: Drawings, Pastels, and Watercolours : A Catalogue RaisonnĂ©. New Haven, 1995. .
  • David Park Curry. James McNeill Whistler at the Freer Gallery of Art. Washington and New York, 1984. p. 266, pl. 259.
Collection Area(s)
American Art
Web Resources
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