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.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 128 pages, 48 colour and 39 b&w illustrations, chronology, bibliography
- Publisher: Phaidon Press Ltd
- Publication Date: 01/09/1994
- Category: History of art & design styles: c 1800 to c 1900
- ISBN: 9780714831862