Trouville (Grey and Green, the Silver Sea)

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

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Date:

1865

Artist:

James McNeill Whistler
American, 1834–1903

About this artwork

In the early 1860s, James McNeill Whistler began to develop an art-for-art’s-sake aesthetic, eschewing narrative or naturalistic details to focus more intently on formal concerns. In 1865 the artist traveled to Trouville, a French resort town, where he painted with Gustave Courbet and experimented with a series of increasingly simplified seascapes. The spare composition of this work—consisting solely of a broad expanse of water, a narrow swath of sky, and four delicate sailboats that break the high horizon line—reveals Whistler’s interest in Japanese woodblock prints and the new models they offered for the construction of painted space and depth. The sweeping, horizontal brush strokes and highly restrained palette, limited to pale greens and soft grays, further contribute to the innovative, flattened perspective of this painting.

On View

American Art, Gallery 246

Artist

James McNeill Whistler

Title

Trouville (Grey and Green, the Silver Sea)

Origin

Trouville

Date

1865

Medium

Oil on canvas

Inscriptions

Signed, lower right: "Whistler"

Dimensions

51.5 × 77.2 cm (20 1/4 × 30 3/8 in.)

Credit Line

Gift of Honoré and Potter Palmer

Reference Number

1922.448

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