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Portrait of James McNeill Whistler

Giovanni Boldini

European Art

With this work, Giovanni Boldini painted his peer and friend, the American artist James Abbott McNeill Whistler (1834–1903), dressed in black evening clothes accessorized with a sleek top hat, his lapel punctuated by the red rosette of the Legion of Honor. Deploying his dazzling brushwork to capture the sitter’s vibrant personality and cosmopolitan style, he depicts Whistler leaning on the back of his chair, turned engagingly toward the viewer, his legs and cane extended beyond the picture’s edge. He lifts his monocle to his right eye with a delicate flourish—a gesture that underscores the keen eye of a fellow portraitist.
MEDIUM Oil on canvas
  • Place Made: Europe
  • DATES 1897
    DIMENSIONS 67 1/4 × 37 1/4 in. (170.8 × 94.6 cm) frame: 75 1/4 x 45 1/2 x 5 in. (191.1 x 115.6 x 12.7 cm) weight with painting framed, glazed with Optium: 78 lb. (35.38kg)  (show scale)
    SIGNATURE Signed and dated lower left: "Boldini/1897"
    COLLECTIONS European Art
    CREDIT LINE Gift of A. Augustus Healy
    MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
    CAPTION Giovanni Boldini (Italian, 1842-1931). Portrait of James McNeill Whistler, 1897. Oil on canvas, 67 1/4 × 37 1/4 in. (170.8 × 94.6 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of A. Augustus Healy, 09.849 (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 09.849_SL1.jpg)
    IMAGE overall, 09.849_SL1.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph
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