Off the Beaten Path: Early Works by James McNeill Whistler

September 28, 2013 – September 28, 2014
A Street at Saverne (1858) by James McNeill Whistler

Freer Gallery of Art
Jefferson Drive and 12th Street, SW
Washington, DC

Lower Level Floor Plan

In the summer of 1858, James McNeill Whistler (1834–1903) traveled from Paris through the Rhineland. He was determined to visit Amsterdam, where he would pay homage to paintings by Rembrandt van Rijn, and then return to Paris with a body of work that would establish his reputation as a legitimate artist. Although Whistler ran out of money before he reached Amsterdam, the trip through the countryside was instrumental in forming his mature artistic style and choice in subject matter. These drawings, etchings, and watercolors show the young artist’s enthusiasm for his craft and, more importantly, Rembrandt’s influence on his work.