James Whistler, The Cemetery

James Abbott McNeill Whistler "Cemetery"
James Abbott McNeill Whistler “Cemetery”

Artist: Whistler, James Abbott McNeill
The Cemetery, 1880
Pastel on brown paper

This sheet, made early on in Whistler’s stay in Venice, features the cemetery island and church of San Michele in the brilliant light of day. With a heavy application of pastel, the artist renders the gleaming marble of the Renaissance structure, the cypress trees within the cemetery walls, and the canopied funeral boat at left. Short strokes and zigzagging lines make up their vivid reflections in the rippling water. Whistler probably sketched the scene aboard a gondola. Find more works by Whistler in Whistler’s Venice book.

Dimensions: 203 x 301 mm.
source: Frick Collection
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