Thursday, July 03, 2008

Free Reign

Harmony in Blue and Gold: The Peacock Room, designed by James McNeill Whistler, 1876-77, Freer Gallery of Art, Smithsonian.
Whistler was asked by the room's owner to paint the room to compliment the painting that Whistler had done that is seen over the fireplace. When the owner returned he was stunned and horrified at what Whistler had done. Luckily, he did not destroy it and the room is now found at the Freer Gallery in Washington D.C.

2 comments:

Clare2e said...

Perhaps if all you were expecting was a painting and some flat wall color, it would be a heart-stopper, but how gloriously, intricately gilded and excessive!

Sara said...

I love this room, it was my favorite subject in my college art history course!

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