Whistler and the Thames

December 17, 2000 – June 17, 2001

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

Ground Floor Corridor, next to the Gallery Shop Floor Plan

This exhibition presents a collection of etchings, lithographs, and litho tints, as well as an oil painting and one pastel drawing of London's Thames River by American artist James McNeill Whistler (1834-1903). Featuring artwork created at three different stages of his life -- 1859-1861, 1875-1879, 1896 -- the exhibition describes the different media and techniques used by the artist, while also showcasing key evolutionary aspects of his style. Whistler's earlier works feature minutely detailed views of bridges, barges, warehouse, and longshoremen; his later works are sketchier and more abstract, evoking the subtle beauties of the river's changing moods.