The Texture of Night: James McNeill Whistler

June 6, 2009 – July 25, 2010

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

Ground Floor Floor Plan

Whistler's Nocturnes, the artist's term for his nearly abstract moonlit landscapes, represent his signature contribution to 19th-century art. Beginning with oil paintings of the river Thames, Whistler expanded his exploration of urban darkness to include other sites and a range of media: lithography, watercolors, and above all, etching. This exhibition highlights 15 of these works on paper. Though small in scale, these nighttime views of London, Venice, and Amsterdam are among Whistler's most aesthetically suggestive and technically innovative works.