James McNeill Whistler - Street in Old Chelsea 1880

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Street in Old Chelsea 1880

Street in Old Chelsea 1880
13x22cm oil/panel
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

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From Museum of Fine Arts, Boston:
Whistler used many shades of gray and brown, punctuated by reds, to render this London street scene, making Maunder’s fish market, with its facing gable and light color, a focal point. As in most of his images of building facades, he placed the shops fronts parallel to the picture plane. He painted the foreground thinly with smooth strokes, and he used tiny brushes to render an incredible amount of architectural detail in the upper half of the panel and to depict the figures in the foreground and on the sidewalk in front of the stores.