About the Artwork

Within the tight confines of a wooden panel, James MacNeill Whistler harnessed the power of the sea. Late in the summer of 1893, at the end of an extended stay in Brittany, Whistler and his wife spent time in Bréhat, a small fishing island off the rugged, northernmost coast. According to a letter to his picture restorer, Whistler painted Violet and Blue: Among the Rollers from a boat “out in full sea”; he feared that there was residue of salt spray on the surface. The uncharacteristically thick strokes and heavy impasto—notably in the depiction of the long, swelling waves or “rollers”—as well as the small dimensions of the panel and the limited color palette, confirm his claim. Although working quickly, Whistler conveyed the full scope of the experience: roiling, deep blue waves breaking into white crests under the violet clouds of a volatile, late summer sky.
From Bulletin of the Detroit Institute of Arts 89 (2015)

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About Our Prints

DIA Custom Prints offers exclusive custom reproductions of artworks in the collections of the Detroit Institute of Arts. Hand-made in the USA using gallery-quality materials, we create prints as true to the original work as possible, using strict color management protocols and state-of-the-art printing technology.
Many of the works offered through this store are exclusive and not available anywhere else. We are continually adding new artworks to our offering, so be sure to check back regularly as you build your own gallery. A variety of molding styles means our custom framed prints can match any type of decor.

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