Sea and RainArtist(s)James Abbott McNeill WhistlerArtist NationalityAmerican (North American)Object Creation Date1865Medium & Supportoil on canvasDimensions
30 ½ in x 39 ½ in x 2 9/16 in (77.47 cm x 100.33 cm x 6.51 cm);20 ⅞ in x 28 ⅞ in x 1 in (53.02 cm x 73.34 cm x 2.54 cm);30 ½ in x 39 ½ in x 2 9/16 in (77.47 cm x 100.33 cm x 6.51 cm)Subject matter
Whistler accompanied the Realist painter Gustave Courbet in a late summer painting campaign along the Normandy coast, in the resort town of Trouville. Although Whistler had embraced the tenets of Realism early in his career, by 1865 he had begun to evolve his own painting style that departed from the vigorous brushwork and heavy impasto of Courbet's example. This work, painted in the older artist's company, exhibits Whistler's characteristic thin veils of paint that evoke the atmosphere along the coastline rather than minutely describe it. The presence of the man implies no narrative story but is a precisely placed accent within the composition. Whistler's credo of "art for art's sake" has already shaped how he portrays a cloudy day at a summer retreat.Physical Description
The painting depicts a solitary male figure standing along the shore. The thin layers of paint evoke a misty, overcast day with the figure standing perhaps on a tidal flat.Primary Object Classification Painting Primary Object TypeseascapeCollection AreaWesternRights
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