James McNeill Whistler exhibition at the Musée d’Orsay

Published by Laurent P. · Published on 27 December 2021 at 15h28
From February 8 to May 8, 2022, the Musée d’Orsay is to host an exhibition focusing on American artist James McNeill Whistler’s work, called “James McNeill Whistler (1834 – 1903), Chefs d’oeuvre de la Frick Collection, New York”.

Let us dive in the universe of James McNeill Whistler… From February 8 to May 8, 2022, the Musée d'Orsay displays an exhibition called “James McNeill Whistler (1834 –1903), Chefs-d’œuvre de la Frick Collection, New York” [James McNeill Whistler (1834 – 1903), Masterpieces from the Frick Collection, New York], focusing on the American artist’s work. As suggested by the title, the exhibition invites us to discover a part of the Frick collection – originally open to visitors in 1935 in the New York mansion of industry magnate and great collector Henry Clay Frick.

Born in 1834 in Massachusetts, James Abbott McNeil Whistler is particularly attached to Paris and France since he will make his debuts there between 1855 and 1859. He then moved to London, while keeping this privileged link with the Paris artistic stage, exhibiting alongside the “refused” in 1963, becoming one of the most major artists, in 1890, of the new symbolist generation. In 1891, the French state buys his masterpiece: Arrangement in Grey and Black No. 1, best known as Whistler's Mother. The same year, collector Henry Clay Frick buys eighteen pieces by the artists and makes of Whistler the most well-represented painter of his collection.

The artist’s paintings leave New York for the first time in over a century, the institution initiating renovations. Among them, The Ocean, painted by the artist when traveling Chile, as well as three pastels and twelve prints depicting Venetian subjects, as well as three major portraits of his “symphonies in white”, and “arrangements in black”: portrait of Mrs. Frederick Leyland, portrait of Rosa Corder, and of Robert de Montesquiou Fezensac. To discover from February 2022.

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Dates and Opening Time
From 8 February 2022 to 8 May 2022



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