Portrait of James McNeill Whistler
With this work, Giovanni Boldini painted his peer and friend, the American artist James Abbott McNeill Whistler (1834–1903), dressed in black evening clothes accessorized with a sleek top hat, his lapel punctuated by the red rosette of the Legion of Honor. Deploying his dazzling brushwork to capture the sitter’s vibrant personality and cosmopolitan style, he depicts Whistler leaning on the back of his chair, turned engagingly toward the viewer, his legs and cane extended beyond the picture’s edge. He lifts his monocle to his right eye with a delicate flourish—a gesture that underscores the keen eye of a fellow portraitist.
Oil on canvas
67 1/4 × 37 1/4 in. (170.8 × 94.6 cm)
frame: 75 1/4 x 45 1/2 x 5 in. (191.1 x 115.6 x 12.7 cm)
weight with painting framed, glazed with Optium: 78 lb. (35.38kg) (show scale)
Signed and dated lower left: "Boldini/1897"
This item is not on view
Gift of A. Augustus Healy
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Giovanni Boldini (Italian, 1842-1931). Portrait of James McNeill Whistler, 1897. Oil on canvas, 67 1/4 × 37 1/4 in. (170.8 × 94.6 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of A. Augustus Healy, 09.849 (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 09.849_SL1.jpg)
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