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From New York to Paris and Back Again: Whistler Wings into Paris

James Abbott McNeill Whistler, Symphony in Grey and Green: The Ocean, 1866. Oil on canvas. New York, The Frick Collection
© The Frick Collection. Photo Joseph Coscia Jr. Courtesy the Musée d’Orsay. Handout via The Gourmet Gazette

Paris, France —The final days of an exhibition devoted to an American who was once upon a time in Paris are approaching. The city’s Musée d’Orsay is exhibiting the works of James Abbott McNeill Whistler until May 8th. Entitled James Abbott McNeill Whistler, Masterpieces of the Frick Collection, New York, a group of works by the American painter have left New York for the first time in more than a century to be presented in the French capital. Whistler, who was born in Massachusetts in 1834, began his career in Paris between 1855 and 1859. He eventually settled in London where he would die in 1903 but remained in close contact with the Parisian art scene, exhibiting alongside the artists at the Salon des Refusés (the exhibition devoted to works that had been rejected by the official Paris Salon).

The exceptional presentation brings together 22 works including four paintings, three pastels and 12 etchings from The Frick Collection as well as three paintings from the collections of the Musée d’Orsay. Among the works on display are the The Ocean painted by Whistler during a trip to Chile as well as three pastels and twelve prints with Venetian subjects and three large portraits.

The Frick Collection garden and facade facing Fifth Avenue.
Photo: Michael Bodycomb. Courtesy the Musée d’Orsay. Handout via The Gourmet Gazette

The Frick Collection, opened to the public in 1835 in the New York mansion of the industrial magnate and major collector Henry Clay Frick (1849-1919), is regarded as one of the most important museums of European art in the United States. Frick would purchase 20 works by Whistler, both paintings and works, on paper making the artist one of the best represented in his holdings. Today The Frick Collection is recognized not only as premier museum but a research center for art as well. Henry Clay Frick bequeathed his collection and home to the public for their enjoyment. The Frick’s historic buildings on 70th street across from Central Park are currently closed for renovation but the museum and library collections can be enjoyed five blocks north at the Frick Madison in the building that once housed the Whitney Museum of American Art. The Frick Mansion is slated to reopen at the end of 2023.
Exhibition until May 8th
©Trish Valicenti for The Gourmet Gazette
Musée d’Orsay
Esplanade Valéry Giscard d’Estaing
75007 Paris, France
Tel: + 33 (0)1 40 49 48 14 http://www.musee-orsay.fr

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