James McNeill Whistler

Link to video of Jorgen Wadum lecture

The interiors of Danish painter Vilhelm Hammershøi reveal an understanding of light and its play in space comparable to that of Vermeer and Whistler, while his methods relate to those of Van Gogh. This lecture illustrates the surprising methodological approaches and techniques used by these artists in creating spatial illusions in seemingly unrelated artistic expressions.

lithograph after portrait of standing man in formal dress with cape and cane
Studies for Works of Art in the Frick Collection
October 1, 1967 to December 31, 1967

In conjunction with the New York Cultural Showcase Festival, a small exhibition devoted to studies for works of art in the Frick Collection was held.

chalk and pastel drawing of Venetian canal on light brown paper
Works of James A. McNeill Whistler in The Frick Collection
May 30, 1968 to June 30, 1968

As part of a series of exhibitions devoted to drawings and prints in its collection, The Frick Collection presented one focused on the work of James Abbott McNeill Whistler (1834–1903), including three pastels and eight etchings. In addition, four paintings by this artist were on view in the galleries. All twelve etchings exhibited belong to the "Venice Set," commissioned by the London Fine Art Society in 1878.

painting in greys, blues, and lavender of ocean with ships in the distance
Whistler in The Frick Collection
November 27, 1984 to February 4, 1985

In commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the birth of the American artist James Abbott McNeill Whistler (1834–1903), The Frick Collection exhibited all of its Whistler holdings. Whistler's The Ocean (left), three pastels of Venice, twelve etchings from his famous "Venice Set," a lithograph of Robert, Comte de Montesquiou-Fezensac, and two letters written to Montesquiou and R.A. Canfield were on view in the lower-level gallery. The four full-length portraits by Whistler of Miss Rosa Corder, Mrs. Frederick R.

Painting of regatta on a Venetian canal
Venice/Paris (Guardi, Whistler, and Meryon)
March 23, 1989 to June 18, 1989

An exhibition focusing on the cities of Venice and Paris as depicted in paintings, drawings, and prints in The Frick Collection. The exhibition included two canvases depicting scenes of Venice by Francesco Guardi that are normally displayed in the main reading room of the Frick Art Reference Library; three pastels of Venetian subjects by J.A.M. Whistler; the twelve etchings that comprised Whistler’s First Venice Set; and thirteen etchings by Charles Meryon providing vivid images of Paris as it appeared in the mid-nineteenth century.

Painting of full length portrait of man in formal dress with a cape draped across his arm and holding a walking stick
The Butterfly and The Bat: Whistler and Montesquiou
November 14, 1995 to January 28, 1996

Another in-depth exhibition devoted to a single painting in The Frick Collection, this one focused on Whistler's celebrated portrait Arrangement in Black and Gold: Comte Robert de Montesquiou-Fezensac, first exhibited in 1894.

Whistler, Women, and Fashion, April 22 through July 13, 2003



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