The Storm-- Sunset
© President and Fellows of Harvard College
Identification and Creation
Object Number
1943.624
People
James Abbott McNeill Whistler, American (Lowell, MA 1834 - 1903 London, England)
Title
The Storm-- Sunset
Other Titles
Former Title: Stormy Sunset
Former Title: The Salute, Venice
Classification
Drawings
Work Type
drawing
Date
1880
Culture
American
Physical Descriptions
Medium
Pastel on brown wove paper
Dimensions
18.6 x 29 cm (7 5/16 x 11 7/16 in.)
Inscriptions and Marks
  • Signed: black and brown pastel, l.r.: butterfly monogram
Provenance
Louis Huth; Knoedler Gallery, New York; W. Macbeth; his sale to Grenville L. Winthrop through Martin Birnbaum, November 1937; his bequest to the Fogg Art Museum, 1943.
Aquisition and Rights
Credit Line
Harvard Art Museums/Fogg Museum, Bequest of Grenville L. Winthrop
Accession Year
1943
Object Number
1943.624
Division
European and American Art
Contact
am_europeanamerican@harvard.edu
Publication History

Thomas R. Way, The Art of James McNeill Whistler: An Appreciation, George Bell and Sons, Ltd. (London, England, 1903), p. 93

Mortimer Menpes, Whistler as I Knew Him, Adam and Charles Black (London, 1904), reproduced facing p. 18

Thomas R. Way, Memories of James McNeill Whistler, the Artist, John Lane Co. (New York, 1912), pp. 52 - 55, reproduced p. 52, no. 28

Denys Sutton, James McNeill Whistler: Paintings, Etchings, Pastels and Watercolors, Phaidon Press (London, England, 1966), no. 90, p. 193, reproduced in color as plate 90

Dorothy W. Gillerman, Gridley McKim-Smith, and Joan R. Mertens, Grenville L. Winthrop: Retrospective for a Collector, exh. cat., Fogg Art Museum (Cambridge, MA, 1969), p. 244

Geneviève Monnier, Pastels: From the 16th to the 20th Century, Skira/Rizzoli (New York, NY, 1984), pp. 53 and 55

Pierre Cabanne, Whistler, Crown Publishers Inc. (New York, NY, 1985), p. 89, ill.

Pierre Cabanne, Whistler, Marshall Cavendish Ltd. (London, England, 1985), p. 89, ill.

Robin Spencer, ed., Whistler: A Retrospective, Hugh Lauter Levin Associates, Inc. (New York, NY, 1989), pp. 176 - 177

Margaretta M. Lovell, A Visitable Past: Views of Venice by American Artists, 1860-1915, The University of Chicago Press (Chicago, IL and London, England, 1989), p. 55, fig. 60

Robert H. Getscher, James Abbott McNeill Whistler Pastels (New York, 1991), pp. 26,, 100 - 101, 178, 181, 186, no. 31

Theodore E. Stebbins, Jr., William H. Gerdts, Erica E. Hirshler, Fred Licht, and William L. Vance, The Lure of Italy: American Artists and the Italian Experience, 1760-1914, exh. cat., Museum of Fine Arts, Boston / Harry N. Abrams, Inc. (Boston, MA and New York, NY, 1992), p. 418

Margaret F. MacDonald, James McNeill Whistler: Drawings, Pastels and Watercolours: A Catalogue Raisonné, Yale University Press (U.S.) (New Haven, CT and London, England, 1995), p. 304 - 305, no. 808, reproduced

Dr. Alastair Grieve, Whistler's Venice, Yale University Press (U.S.) (New Haven, CT and London, England, 2000), fig. 140 (color), p. 117

Margaret F. MacDonald, Palaces in the Night: Whistler in Venice, exh. cat., Lund Humphries (Berkeley, CA and Los Angeles, 2001), fig. 60 (color), p. 54

Stephan Wolohojian, ed., A Private Passion: 19th-Century Paintings and Drawings from the Grenville L. Winthrop Collection, Harvard University, exh. cat., The Metropolitan Museum of Art and Yale University Press (New York, NY, 2003), p. 466, fig. 198

Stephan Wolohojian, Ingres, Burne-Jones, Whistler, Renoir... La Collection Grenville L. Winthrop, exh. cat., Musée des Beaux-Arts de Lyon and Réunion des Musées Nationaux (Paris, France, 2003), p. 482, fig. 1

Theodore E. Stebbins, Jr., American Watercolors and Pastels 1875-1950 at the Fogg Art Museum, brochure, Harvard University Art Museums (Cambridge, MA, 2006), checklist

Theodore E. Stebbins, Jr., Virginia Anderson, and Kimberly Orcutt, ed., American Paintings at Harvard, Volume Two, Paintings, Drawings, Pastels and Stained Glass by Artists Born 1826-1856, Harvard University Art Museums/Yale University Press (Cambridge, MA and New Haven, CT, 2008), p. 416-419, cat. no. 446, reproduced in color, p. 418

"Mr. Whistler's 'Venice Pastels'", The Queen (February 12, 1881), p. 171, mentioned p. 171

"Whistler's Wenice; or, Pastels by Pastelthwaite", Punch (February 12, 1881), p. 69, p. 69, referred to as "Boat Ahoy!"

"Mr. Whistler's Venice Pastels.", Pan (February 5, 1881)

[Unidentified article], The Whitehall Review (February 5, 1881)

"Mr. Whistler's Venice Pastels", Pictorial World (February 5, 1881)

"Art: Venice Pastels", The Observer [London] (London, England, February 6, 1881), supplement section, p. 1

"Mr. Whistler's Venice Pastels", The Times [London] (February 9, 1881), no. 30, 113, p. 4, mentioned p. 4

"Mr. Whistler's Venice Pastels", The Daily News [London] (London, England, January 31, 1881)

Exhibition History

Venice Pastels, Fine Arts Society, London, 01/29/1881 - 04/01/1881

American Watercolors and Pastels, 1875-1950, at the Fogg Art Museum, Harvard University Art Museums, Fogg Art Museum, Cambridge, 04/08/2006 - 06/25/2006

Subjects and Contexts

Collection Highlights

Verification Level

4 - Best. Object is extensively researched, well described and information is vetted