This painting has a dream-like atmosphere: the woman is pensive and the reflection of her face in the mirror is silhouetted against a seascape. Whistler’s enthusiasm for Japan influenced the composition and the selection of objects and blossoms.
James Abbott McNeill Whistler
Symphony in White, No 2: The Little White Girl
76.5 x 51.1 cm
Oil on canvas
Date of work
Original: Oil on canvas 76.5 x 51.1 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