Portrait of Whistler With a Hat (1857-58)
by James Whistler, oil on canvas
Whistler's prints were often compared favorably to those of Rembrandt van Rijn. Here, wearing a large beret, the young Whistler identifies himself with known images of Rembrandt. In this early self-portrait, painted using the dark palette and rich impasto characteristic of the Dutch master's work, Whistler exhibits the strategic role-playing that he used to draw attention to himself and his art throughout his career.