An introduction to the work of James McNeill Whistler.
James Abbott McNeill Whistler (1834-1903) was one of the most original artists of the late nineteenth century. Flamboyant dandy and ebullient publicist, friend of Oscar Wilde, Whistler was also a meticulous craftsman dedicated to the perfection of his art. Whistler was born in America but trained in Paris. He began as a realist painter but gradually developed a startlingly original method of composition, refining his technique to the barest essentials. He was one of the first to argue that the abstract ingredients of a painting - the lines, shapes, colours and tones - could in themselves be the subject; he entitled the portrait of his mother Arrangement in Grey and Black.
This book provides a wide survey of carefully selected works, illustrated with 48 full-page colour plates and accompanying notes, making it an ideal introduction to Whistler's art.
Size: 305 x 225 mm (12 x 8 7/8 in)
Pages: 128 pp
Illustrations: 86 illustrations
Frances Spalding is an art historian and critic and writes regularly for the Burlington Magazine and the Times Literary Supplement. Her publications include Dance till the Stars Come Down: A Biography of John Minton (1991), Duncan Grant (1997), and The Tate: A History (1998).
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