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James McNeill Whistler

Author: Hilary Taylor
Publisher: [Place of publication not identified] : Tabard Press, ©1978.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Beautifully illustrated volume featuring James Abbott McNeill Whistler, an American-born, British-based artist. Averse to sentimentality and moral allusion in painting, he was a leading proponent of the credo "art for art's sake". His famous signature for his paintings was in the shape of a stylized butterfly possessing a long stinger for a tail. The symbol was apt, for it combined both aspects of his personality.  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
Named Person: James McNeill Whistler; James McNeill Whistler
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Hilary Taylor
ISBN: 091442727X 9780914427278
OCLC Number: 23444250
Description: 192 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 29 cm
Responsibility: Hilary Taylor.
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Beautifully illustrated volume featuring James Abbott McNeill Whistler, an American-born, British-based artist. Averse to sentimentality and moral allusion in painting, he was a leading proponent of the credo "art for art's sake". His famous signature for his paintings was in the shape of a stylized butterfly possessing a long stinger for a tail. The symbol was apt, for it combined both aspects of his personality. His art was characterized by a subtle delicacy, while his public persona was combative. Finding a parallel between painting and music, Whistler titled many of his paintings "arrangements", "harmonies", and "nocturnes", emphasizing the primacy of tonal harmony. His most famous painting is the iconic Whistler's Mother, the revered and oft parodied portrait of motherhood.

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