• Flower Market: Dieppe
  • Flower Market: Dieppe

Flower Market: Dieppe

Women, one holding an umbrella, inspect market stalls before shop fronts with awnings; unsigned.
Maker nationality and date
Watercolor on paper
H x W: 12.8 x 21 cm (5 1/16 x 8 1/4 in)
Credit Line
Gift of Charles Lang Freer
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Production location
France, Dieppe
Selected Curatorial Remarks
1. Glazer, Jacobson, McCarthy, Roeder, wall label, 2019:
Whistler was fascinated by street scenes throughout his career, from his early etchings and watercolors of the quiet village of Saverne in the Rhineland, to a busy flower market in northern France, and on to the children in his London neighborhood.
Selected Published References
1. Curry: James McNeill Whistler at the Freer Gallery of Art, pg. 194
A letter written by Walter Sickert confirms that Flower Market: Dieppe was one of several watercolors given to him by Whistler and that it was painted in 1885. The master was visiting his pupil in Dieppe that September. Whistler also painted a number of oils, including Grey and Brown: The Sad Sea Shore [F1914.2]. In contrast to the gloomy beach scene, Whistler's view of the flower market is exuberant, full of bright light in which the colorful blossoms, the awnings, and some of the women's costumes vibrate in joyous visual harmony, dominated by complementary blues and oranges. Earlier in 1885, Whistler had delivered his Ten O'Clock Lecture for the first time. Among the many epigrammatic passages was his observation that the artist "delights in the dainty–the sharp, bright gaiety of beauty."
Catalogue Raisonne number
MacDonald Catalogue number
Previous owner(s)
Obach & Co. (C.L. Freer source)
Charles Lang Freer (1854-1919)
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