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Identification and Creation
Object Number
1943.174
People
James Abbott McNeill Whistler, American (Lowell, MA 1834 - 1903 London, England)
Title
Violet and Rose: La Belle de Jour
Other Titles
Former Title: Blue and Violet: Belle de Jour
Former Title: Bleu et Violet: Belle a Jour
Classification
Paintings
Work Type
painting
Date
c. 1885
Places
Creation Place: North America, United States
Culture
American
Persistent Link
https://hvrd.art/o/230418
Physical Descriptions
Medium
Oil on wood panel
Dimensions
17.5 x 10.8 cm (6 7/8 x 4 1/4 in.)
framed: 33.7 x 27 x 4.5 cm (13 1/4 x 10 5/8 x 1 3/4 in.)
Inscriptions and Marks
  • label: verso, bottom half of panel, printed text: THE ART INSTITUTE OF CHICAGO / "A CENTURY OF PROGRESS" / INTERNATIONAL LOAN EXHIBTION OF FINE ARTS / ARTIST [typewritten:] James McNeill Whistler / TITLE [typewritten:] Belle a Jour / LENDER'S NAME [typewritten:] Mr. & Mrs. Hunt Henderson / LENDER'S ADDRESS [typewritten:] New Orleans, La.
  • inscription: verso, middle of panel, blue crayon: 13418 [Knoedler Number]
  • label: verso, middle of panel, typed text: [parially cut off] 418
  • stamp: verso of frame, impressed: M. Grieve Co. / Hand Carved / New York and London
Provenance
Sold by the artist to Mme. Blanche Marchesi, February 1903. Baron A. von. Caccarini, sold [through Christie's, London, February 6, 1914]; to [Knoedler, New York], sold; to Hunt Henderson, New Orleans, November 17, 1914, bequest; to Tulane University, 1939, sold [through Macdonald Gallery, New York]; to Grenville L. Winthrop, New York, April 1941, bequest; to Fogg Art Museum, 1943
Acquisition and Rights
Credit Line
Harvard Art Museums/Fogg Museum, Bequest of Grenville L. Winthrop
Accession Year
1943
Object Number
1943.174
Division
European and American Art
Contact
am_europeanamerican@harvard.edu
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Publication History

Elisabeth Luther Cary, The Works of James McNeill Whistler: A Study with a Tentative List of the Artist's Work, Moffat, Yard and Company (New York, 1907), No. 409, p. 217

Bernhard Sickert, Whistler, Duckworth & Co. (London, England, 1908), p. 173, no. 174

Andrew McLaren Young and Margaret F. MacDonald, The Paintings of James McNeill Whistler, Yale University Press (New Haven, 1980), vol. I p. 156, no. 319, and reproduced b/w vol. II, pl. 204

Theodore E. Stebbins, Jr., Virginia Anderson, and Kimberly Orcutt, ed., American Paintings at Harvard, Volume Two, Paintings, Drawings, Pastels and Stained Glass by Artists Born 1826-1856, Harvard Art Museums and Yale University Press (U.S.) (Cambridge, MA and New Haven, CT, 2008), p. 425-26, cat no. 452, reproduced in b&w, p. 426

Exhibition History

Memorial Exhibition of the Works of the late James McNeill Whistler: First President of the International Society of Sculptors, Painters and Gravers, New Gallery, London, 02/22/1905 - 04/15/1905

A Century of Progress Art Exhibition, The Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, 06/01/1933 - 11/01/1933

Master Paintings from the Fogg Collection, Fogg Art Museum, Cambridge, 04/13/1977 - 08/31/1977

For Students of Art and Lovers of Beauty: Highlights from the Collection of Grenville L. Winthrop, Harvard University Art Museums, Fogg Art Museum, Cambridge, 04/16/2004

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