Freer Gallery of Art
Jefferson Drive and 12th Street, SW
Ground Floor Corridor Floor Plan
On view are some 35 of Whistler's most beautiful pastels and lithographs featuring thinly dressed female models striking dramatic poses in his studio. He first approached this subject in the early 1870s, but gave up these experiments around 1873. He returned to the subject of the female body in the late 1880s and continued focusing on it throughout the 1890s. Though small in size, the pastels and lithographs he produced during this period were conceived as finished works and are among his most masterful accomplishments.