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© The Frick Collection
© The Frick Collection
James McNeill Whistler  (1834–1903)
Symphony in Grey and Green: The Ocean, 1866
Oil on canvas
31 3/4 x 40 1/8 in. (80.6 x 101.9 cm)
Framed: 40 3/8 x 48 1/8 x 1 9/16 in.
Henry Clay Frick Bequest
Accession number: 1914.1.135
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Commentary: This painting, exhibited in London in 1892 as Symphony in Grey and Green: The Ocean, was one of several seascapes Whistler painted in 1866 during a visit to Valparaiso, Chile. The influence of Japanese prints on his work is apparent here in the high horizon, the decorative arrangement of bamboo sprays, and the butterfly monogram that appears both on the picture and on the frame, which was of Whistler’s own design.

Source: Art in The Frick Collection: Paintings, Sculpture, Decorative Arts, New York: Harry N. Abrams, 1996.
Collections: Mrs. Peter Taylor. R.A. Canfield. Knoedler. Frick, 1914.

Source: Paintings in The Frick Collection: American, British, Dutch, Flemish and German. Volume I. New York: The Frick Collection, 1968.