Green and Blue: The Dancer

A work made of watercolor and opaque watercolor over traces of black chalk on brown wove paper laid down on card.
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  • A work made of watercolor and opaque watercolor over traces of black chalk on brown wove paper laid down on card.

Date:

c. 1893

Artist:

James McNeill Whistler
American, 1834-1903

About this artwork

Inspired by Greek sculpture and Japanese prints, James McNeill Whistler became entranced with portraying the female form clad in diaphanous drapery in the 1890s. He developed this theme in all the media in which he worked, including transfer lithography, oil, pastel, and watercolor. The artist usually provided garments for his models to wear, often classical gossamer gowns with high waists and crossed bodices paired with brightly colored kerchiefs. His models needed a certain degree of strength and agility, as he sometimes asked them to dance about his studio until he found a suitable pose. In Green and Blue: The Dancer, Whistler employed thin watercolor washes to distill the graceful movements of his lissome young model. The brown paper on which he painted lends opacity to the washes, thereby adding subtle weight to the thin veils of fabric draping the figure.

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Artist

James McNeill Whistler

Title

Green and Blue: The Dancer

Origin

United States

Date

1888–1898

Medium

Watercolor and opaque watercolor over traces of black chalk on brown wove paper laid down on card

Inscriptions

Inscribed, verso, lower right, in black ink: "8"

Dimensions

275 × 183 mm

Credit Line

Restricted gift of Dr. William D. Shorey; through prior acquisitions of the Charles Deering Collection and through prior bequest of Mrs. Gordon Palmer

Reference Number

1988.219

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