Whistler's Impressionist painting of tall ships sailing on a still sea at twilight with particular attention to blues, greens and greys. The subtitle, 'Valparaiso', gives a clue to the subject: the Spanish bombardment of Chile's principal harbour in March 1866.
James Abbott McNeill Whistler
Crepuscule in Flesh Colour and Green: Valparaiso
58.6 x 75.9 cm
Oil on canvas
Date of work
Original: Oil on canvas 58.6 x 75.9 cm ® Tate, London
An American painter, printmaker, designer and collector, James Abbott McNeill Whistler was active in England and France. Whistler developed from the Realism of Courbet and Manet to become, in the 1860s, one of the leading members of the Aesthetic movement and an important exponent of Japonisme. He acted as an important link between the avant-garde artistic worlds of Europe, Britain and the USA and has always been acknowledged as one of the masters of etching