Coast Scene, Bathers

A work made of oil on panel.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of oil on panel.

Date:

1884/85

Artist:

James McNeill Whistler
American, 1834–1903

About this artwork

In this intimately scaled seascape, James McNeill Whistler employed the sparest of compositional elements to evoke a coastal atmosphere. Broad horizontal bands of blues and gray suggest sky, ocean, and sand, with dabs of thin pigment giving economical, yet expressive form to around a dozen figures on the windswept beach. Whistler dedicated much of his artistic practice to capturing the mood and color harmonies of marine scenes. Coast Scene, Bathers was painted en plein air, a practice to which the artist returned in the 1880s. It marked a distinctive shift from his studio-produced Nocturnes of the previous decade.

On View

American Art, Gallery 176

Artist

James McNeill Whistler

Title

Coast Scene, Bathers

Origin

United States

Date

1884–1885

Medium

Oil on panel

Inscriptions

Butterfly monogram, lower right

Dimensions

13.8 × 22.1 cm (5 7/16 × 8 11/16 in.)

Credit Line

Walter S. Brewster Collection

Reference Number

1933.208

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