Symphony in White (1865) by James Whistler Whistler painted his lover Joanna Hiffernan. This painting shows her beautiful profile while reflected in the mirror. The white of the dress is the dominant color in this painting. Joanna has been Whistler’s lover for seven years, then she met his friend, the artist Courbet and became his lover. “Just like music is the poetry of sound, painting is the poetry of sight, and this has nothing to do with a harmony of sound or color” James Abbot Whistler
Highlights and Reflections
“The Blue Mandarin Coat” 1922 Joseph Rodefer DeCamp (1858 -1923)
“Cashmere Shawl” 1910 by John Singer Sargent American 1856 – 1925
Alfred George Stevens, a native of Brussels, spent much of his career in Paris where he was regarded as one of the most important recorders of the bourgeois and aristocratic levels of la vie moderne. 1823-1906
Femme au châle des Indes dans un atelier by Alfred Stevens
The painter and his model (1855) by Alfred Stevens In this early work, a young woman leans over the shoulder of an artist, presumably Stevens himself, who is regarding his unfinished canvas on the easel. Hanging in the background of the studio is a Flemish tapestry showing an Adoration scene.