James McNeill Whistler - Miss Agnes Mary Alexander 1873

Colour Scheme for the Dining-Room of Aubrey House 1873 Harmony in Gray and Green. Miss Cicely Alexander 1873 Harmony in Yellow and Gold The Gold Girl Connie Gilchrist 1873 Miss Agnes Mary Alexander 1873 Nude with Parasol 1873 Study for the Portrait of F. R. Leyland 1873 Symphony in Flesh Colour and Pink. Portrait of Mrs Frances Leyland 1873
Miss Agnes Mary Alexander 1873

Miss Agnes Mary Alexander 1873
192x101cm oil/canvas
Tate Britain, London

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From Tate Britain, London:
This portrait of Agnes Mary (‘May’) Alexander was commissioned by her father WC Alexander, the appreciative purchaser of Whistler’s very first Nocturne, Nocturne: Blue and Silver - Chelsea, hanging nearby. In painting May, Whistler followed a very different path to the one he took when painting her younger sister Cicely, also on display in this room. More simply and starkly conceived, May emerges out of rich shadows, something Whistler copied from the Spanish old master painter Velásquez. The tightly restricted harmony of colours is raised only for the group of yellow flowers.