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The Artist in His Studio

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

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  • A work made of oil on board mounted on wood panel.

Date:

1865/66 and 1895

Artist:

James McNeill Whistler
American, 1834–1903

About this artwork

By the mid-1860s, the London-based, American artist James McNeill Whistler was increasingly fascinated with the aesthetics of Asian art. In The Artist in His Studio, Whistler stares out at the viewer with palette and paintbrush in hand, surrounded by works from his collection: three Japanese scrolls hang on the wall and Chinese porcelain adorns shelves on the left. He applied thin layers of paint in muted tones to evoke the flattened appearance of Japanese woodblock prints. The composition also recalls the work of the Spanish Baroque master, Diego Velázquez. Whistler harmonized Western and Eastern artistic elements, placing himself at the center of such an enterprise.

On View

Arts of the Americas, Gallery 273

Artist

James McNeill Whistler

Title

The Artist in His Studio

Origin

United States

Date

c. 1865–1866

Medium

Oil on board mounted on wood panel

Inscriptions

Signed: Butterfly in cartouche, middle right

Dimensions

Board: 62 × 46.5 cm (24 7/16 × 18 5/16 in.); overall: 63 × 47.3 cm (24 13/16 × 18 5/8 in.)

Credit Line

Friends of American Art Collection

Reference Number

1912.141

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