Study of a Young Girl's Head and Shoulders (Baroness de Meyer)

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

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Date:

1896/97

Artist:

James McNeill Whistler
American, 1834–1903

About this artwork

In addition to large-scale portraits, James McNeill Whistler created small-scale likenesses, often on wood panel, as in this painting of a young sitter. A well-known beauty, Olga Caracciolo lived in Dieppe, France, likely where this work was executed, and later married the photographer Adolf de Meyer. Rather than a swift, abbreviated study for a larger composition, Whistler considered a work such as this to be a satisfying aesthetic whole. Indeed, small paintings serve as invitations for an intimate viewing experience and contemplation of the artist’s harmonies of color and form.

On View

American Art, Gallery 176

Artist

James McNeill Whistler

Title

Study of a Young Girl's Head and Shoulders (Baroness de Meyer)

Origin

United States

Date

1896–1897

Medium

Oil on panel

Inscriptions

Signed with the Butterfly

Dimensions

14.8 × 8.9 cm (5 13/16 × 3 1/2 in.)

Credit Line

Walter S. Brewster Collection

Reference Number

1933.212

Extended information about this artwork

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