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Tom Gurney BSc (Hons) is an art history expert with over 20 years experience
Published on June 19, 2020 / Updated on October 14, 2023
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Unlike other artists, James was mostly inspired to paint both women and flowers. This is because most of his paintings usually focus on portraits consisting of ladies. Most of his work involved more than one character and who were mostly ladies.

One such, such piece is the Symphony in white, number 3 by James Abbott's McNeill Whistler. This painting has two characters and a flower on the right end. The two characters are both ladies. The painting was first displayed in 1967 though it was incomplete. According to the artist, he started working on the painting two years earlier that was in 1965. Most of his colleagues were enthusiast by this piece. However, not everyone but did understand the relationship between the title and the piece itself. Therefore the painting received a few negative critics from those who never understood it. One review, in particular, is the one that questions the use of colors especially the white color in the painting. This made the artist respond with harshly to the critics by a letter.

The painting Focuses on two characters Joanna Hiffernan, Geliebte des Künstlers, and Milly Jones both of you my ladies. One of the characters is seen resting on the cushion while the other is resting on the floor. The one on the cushion has a white long sleeved dress while the other who's on the floor has a cream long sleeved dress. It is known that the lady resting on the cushion was the mistress to the artist. From the painting, we can also observe that it was painting was done on a hot today. This is because a fan is seen resting at the feet of the second Lady.

Aside from this, the artist is also able to give us a brief description of the environment. He clearly brings out the environment of the painting. He clearly does this by the use of flowers that are in the room and the floors. The floor is painted white with blue patches whereas the flowers Are seen hanging on the right side. The painting is currently owned by The Barber Institute of Fine Arts in Birmingham. The Symphony in White, No. 3 by James Abbott McNeill Whistler will be a living a example of how the artist was obsessed with painting flowers and women.