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Arrangement in Flesh Color and Brown: Portrait of Arthur Jerome Eddy

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

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  • A work made of oil on canvas.




James McNeill Whistler
American, 1834–1903

About this artwork

A passionate collector and champion of modern art, the Chicago lawyer Arthur Jerome Eddy commissioned James McNeill Whistler to paint his portrait after viewing the artist’s work at the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition in Chicago. The two became lasting friends, and Eddy published a book on Whistler after the artist’s death in 1903. Unlike contemporaneous artists such as John Singer Sargent, who relied upon flamboyant brushwork to convey his painterly virtuosity, Whistler favored thinly painted compositions, which he called “arrangements” to emphasize color rather than subject matter. This portrait is one of Whistler’s finest, displaying the delicate color harmonies that characterize his art-for-art’s-sake mentality.

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American Art, Gallery 273


James McNeill Whistler


Arrangement in Flesh Color and Brown: Portrait of Arthur Jerome Eddy






Oil on canvas


Signed, recto, middle right: [butterfly monogram] Signed and dated, canvas verso, upper right: "Arrangement in / Flesh Colour & Brown, / Portrait of / Arthur J. Eddy." / Of Chicago. / [butterfly monogram] / Painted in my Studio in / Paris. / October. 1894. / J. McNeill Whistler.


210.7 × 93.3 cm (82 15/16 × 36 3/4 in.)

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Arthur Jerome Eddy Memorial Collection

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