Violet and Silver - The Deep Sea

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

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  • A work made of oil on canvas.

Date:

1893

Artist:

James McNeill Whistler
American, 1834–1903

About this artwork

After years of painting seascapes on a significantly smaller scale, Whistler returned briefly to the large-format canvas to capture the effects of a hot summer day on the coast of Brittany. According to the Chicago collector Arthur Jerome Eddy, the artist painted this seascape while boating off the coast as a crewman steadied their vessel. This could account for the unusually broad handling of paint and thick touches of pigment apparent throughout the composition, particularly in the clouds and gently cresting waves. Even toward the end of his life, Whistler demonstrated his enduring passion for the myriad relationships of color offered by the ever-changing sea.

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American Art

Artist

James McNeill Whistler

Title

Violet and Silver - The Deep Sea

Origin

United States

Date

1893

Medium

Oil on canvas

Inscriptions

Inscribed in ink on backing, upper right: "Violet & Silver. The Deep Sea."; butterfly monogram Also on verso: Exhibited in salon of the / Champ de Mars. 1894 / & / bought in my Studio, Paris/ in October of that year by / John A. Lynch, of Chicago./ J. McNeill Whistler.

Dimensions

50.2 × 73.3 cm (19 3/4 × 28 7/8 in.)

Credit Line

Gift of Clara Margaret Lynch in memory of John A. Lynch

Reference Number

1955.743

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