The Artist in His Studio

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

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  • A work made of oil on paper mounted on panel.

Date:

1865/66

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, applying thin applications of paint in muted tones to reductive compositions. Further, in The Artist in His Studio, three Japanese scrolls hang on the wall, Chinese porcelain adorns shelves on the left, and the central figure wears a kimono. The artist, who stares out at the viewer with palette and paintbrush in hand, also called on the work of the Spanish Baroque master, Diego Velázquez. Whistler, in essence, attempted to harmonize Western and Eastern artistic elements, placing himself at the center of such an enterprise.

On View

American Art, Gallery 273

Artist

James McNeill Whistler

Title

The Artist in His Studio

Origin

United States

Date

1865–1866

Medium

Oil on paper mounted on panel

Inscriptions

Signed: Butterfly in cartouche, middle right

Dimensions

62.9 × 46.4 cm (24 3/4 × 18 1/4 in.)

Credit Line

Friends of American Art Collection

Reference Number

1912.141

Extended information about this artwork

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