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Harmony in Yellow and Gold: The Gold Girl—Connie Gilchrist

Artist:
James McNeill Whistler (American, Lowell, Massachusetts 1834–1903 London)
Date:
ca. 1876–77
Medium:
Oil on canvas
Dimensions:
85 3/4 x 43 1/8 in. (217.8 x 109.5 cm)
Classification:
Paintings
Credit Line:
Gift of George A. Hearn, 1911
Accession Number:
11.32
Not on view
Constance Macdonald Gilchrist (1865-1946), popularly known as "the original Gaiety Girl," had a successful career on the London stage in light comedy and vaudeville. Whistler posed her in his studio as she appeared on the stage of the Gaiety Theatre in the skipping-rope dance. In addition to being a portrtait of the popular young dancer, the painting is an experiment in design and color, presenting a visual dialogue between solid forms and flat, decorative patterns.
Signature: [at right center]: [butterfly monogram]

Inscription: [at upper left]: CONNIE GILCHRIST
the artist, London, 1876–1880; sale, his bankruptcy, Sotheby's, London, 12 Feb. 1880, no. 87; Mr. Wilkinson, 1880; Henry Labouchere, London, 1880s–1904 (from ca. 1884 until death of artist it remained in his studio); with Robert Ross, Carfax and Company, London, 1904–1905?; with M. Knoedler and Company, France and New York, by 1910; George A. Hearn, New York, 1910–1911
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