James McNeill Whistler, Variations in Violet and Grey: Market Place, Dieppe, 1885, gouache and watercolour on paper, 20.2 x 12.7 cm, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. Source

I love this plein air depiction of Dieppe in Normandy by James McNeill Whistler, created using minimal paint application. His fellow American contemporary Maurice Prendergast worked in a very similar style, and was hugely influenced by Whistler’s fleeting impressions.


Sarinda, ca. late 1800s
Unlisted (India)

- Materials: [nondescript] Wood, ivory, gut?, metal
- Length: 66 cm
- Strings: [unlisted] 4 playing [gut?], 16+ sympathetic [metal]
- Other Notes: A fiddle of northern India and surrounding regions. Some recordings of this instrument can be heard in this short biographic article of Munir Sarhadi, a master of the sarinda.

Source: NY-MetMA