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Past Exhibition: The Butterfly and The Bat

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

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. Complementing Whistler's masterpiece were a group of little-known portraits of Whistler and examples of his pastels, etchings, and lithographs; other portraits of Montesquiou by late nineteenth-century artists and photographers, first editions of his poetry, a reconstruction of his evening clothes, and other curious memorabilia; major works by artists Montesquiou patronized and wrote about, ranging from Helleu to Rodin; and a remarkable group of full-length male portraits from the 1890s.

James McNeill Whistler, Arrangement in Black and Gold: Comte Robert de Montesquiou-Fezensac, 1891–92. Oil on canvas. The Frick Collection, New York

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