James McNeill Whistler

Past Exhibition: Works of James A. McNeill Whistler

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.

Past Exhibition: Whistler in The Frick Collection

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.

Past Exhibition: Venice/Paris

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.

Past Exhibition: Whistler, Women, and Fashion

Full-length portrait of woman with her back turned and hands clasped behind her back, showing profile of face.  Colors are pale pink with ivory and gold accents.
Whistler, Women, and Fashion
April 22, 2003 to July 13, 2003

Marking the centenary of the death of James McNeill Whistler (1834-1903), The Frick Collection presented Whistler, Women, and Fashion — the first in-depth exploration of the artist's lifelong involvement in fashion as an essential aspect of his work.

Past Exhibition: Whistler in The Frick Collection

color photograph of oval gallery with grey walls, wooden pillars, polished floor, and skylight

Portraits, Pastels, Prints: Whistler in The Frick Collection

June 2, 2009 to August 23, 2009

Between 1914 and 1919, Henry Clay Frick acquired twenty works by James McNeill Whistler: five paintings, three pastels, and twelve prints, a remarkable ensemble that represents the breadth of Whistler’s artistic activity and testifies to Frick’s taste as a collector.

Cocktails with a Curator: Whistler's 'Mrs. Frances Leyland'

video still of Xavier Salomon and oil painting of woman standing, wearing long dress

In this week’s episode of “Cocktails with a Curator,” join Xavier F. Salomon, Peter Jay Sharp Chief Curator, as he explores “Symphony in Flesh Color and Pink: Portrait of Mrs. Frances Leyland” by James McNeill Whistler. Delve into the tumultuous history of Whistler’s relationship with Frederick Richards Leyland, the shipping magnate who commissioned the painting, as well as the painter’s affinity for Japanese culture. This week’s complementary cocktail is a Sake Highball on the rocks.

Cocktail Recipe

Margaret F. MacDonald: "Whistler’s Art: 'An Arrangement in Line, Form & Colour'"

Alex Gordon Lecture in the History of Art
"Whistler’s Art: 'An Arrangement in Line, Form & Colour'"
Margaret F. MacDonald, Professor of History of Art, University of Glasgow

A skillful draftsman, a master printmaker, and a controversial painter, James McNeill Whistler created strikingly perceptive and atmospheric masterpieces. His art and writings reveal his strong response to color and how this conflicted with his belief in the central importance of drawing. This lecture focuses on works on paper that illustrate the development of his art from 1855 to 1903.