Whistler's painting depicts three female figures in a garden setting. The flowering cherry tree, the parasol and the shallow frieze-like arrangement are signs of a deliberate Japanese style.
James Abbott McNeill Whistler
Three Figures: Pink and Grey
139.1 x 185.4 cm
Oil on canvas
Date of work
Original: Oil on canvas 139.1 x 185.4 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