First Viewing Together in Twenty Years of the Frick's Whistlers in Three Media, Accompanied by East Gallery Refurbishment

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Exhibition Dates:
Portraits, Pastels, Prints: Whistler in The Frick Collection June 2 through August 23, 2009
close up of painting of woman standing wearing white and pink dress, with pink hat

This summer The Frick Collection presents a focus exhibition dedicated to the colorful and once controversial artist James Abbott McNeill Whistler (1834–1903). The Frick’s four full-length portraits by Whistler will be displayed in the museum’s Oval Room alongside his evocative seascape Symphony in Grey and Green: The Ocean (1866). The presentation also includes a Cabinet installation of fifteen works on paper—pastels and etchings—from his Venetian sojourn of 1879–80. Together, this remarkable ensemble represents the breadth of his activity, showing the artist’s command of three distinct media and demonstrating his concern for the harmony of form, color, and composition. The gathering also testifies to Henry Clay Frick’s appreciation for Whistler oeuvre; indeed, he acquired more work by this artist than by any other. This presentation, drawn from the institution’s celebrated collection and accompanied by several gallery talks and other programs, marks the first time in more than twenty years that these holdings will be exhibited together.