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A pot of paint : aesthetics on trial in Whistler v Ruskin

Author: Linda Merrill
Publisher: Washington : Smithsonian Institution Press in collaboration with the Freer Gallery of Art, Smithsonian Institution, ©1992.
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A Pot of Paint reconstructs the lost transcript and revisits the highly contested issues surrounding one of the most celebrated trials in the history of art. A libel suit brought in the London courts by American expatriate artist James McNeill Whistler against John Ruskin, England's most powerful art critic, the trial was essentially a debate of aesthetic theory conducted at a critical hour in the evolution of  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
Trials, litigation, etc
Procès, instances, etc
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Merrill, Linda, 1959-
Pot of paint.
Washington : Smithsonian Institution Press in collaboration with the Freer Gallery of Art, Smithsonian Institution, ©1992
(OCoLC)556394435
Online version:
Merrill, Linda, 1959-
Pot of paint.
Washington : Smithsonian Institution Press in collaboration with the Freer Gallery of Art, Smithsonian Institution, ©1992
(OCoLC)607906429
Named Person: James McNeill Whistler; John Ruskin; James McNeill Whistler; James McNeill Whistler; James McNeill Whistler; John Ruskin; James McNeill Whistler; John Ruskin; James McNeill Whistler; James McNeill Whistler; John Ruskin; James McNeill Whistler
Material Type: Government publication, National government publication, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Linda Merrill
ISBN: 1560981016 9781560981015 1560983000 9781560983002
OCLC Number: 23355994
Description: xv, 419 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: Foreword / Milo C. Beach --
pt. 1. The Libel. The Palace of Art. Whistler's Work. Ruskin's Review. Bringing Suit. Plaintiff's Strategy. The Defense. Final Arrangements --
pt. 2. The Trial. Introduction. Plaintiff's Case. Defendant's Case. Summations. Jury Instructions. Verdict --
pt. 3. The Verdict. Cause Celebre. The Losing Side. The Value of a Nocturne. Figures of Speech. Objets d'Art. Art and Art Critics. Matters of Opinion. Consequences and Costs. Epilogue --
Appendix A: Ruskin's Instructions to Defense Counsel --
Appendix B: Burne-Jones's Statement to Defense Counsel --
Appendix C: Source Notes to Whistler v. Ruskin.
Responsibility: Linda Merrill.

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A Pot of Paint reconstructs the lost transcript and revisits the highly contested issues surrounding one of the most celebrated trials in the history of art. A libel suit brought in the London courts by American expatriate artist James McNeill Whistler against John Ruskin, England's most powerful art critic, the trial was essentially a debate of aesthetic theory conducted at a critical hour in the evolution of modern art. After viewing an 1877 exhibition that included some of Whistler's most abstract works, Ruskin declared in print that the artist had flung "a pot of paint in the public's face." He called Whistler a "coxcomb" and said that it was the height of "cockney impudence" to ask two hundred guineas for a painting such as Nocturne in Black and Gold: The Falling Rocket. The dispute was fully covered in the popular press. Using those newspaper accounts, as well as letters, legal papers, Ruskin's instructions to his counsel, and Whistler's later rendition of events in The Gentle Art of Making Enemies, Linda Merrill reveals the deeply held, contrary aesthetic ideals of the two parties, and shows that, in many ways, the real litigants in Whistler v. Ruskin were traditional, representational art and art that tended toward abstraction. During eighteen months of pretrial delays and two days of testimony from Whistler and several well-known figures in the art world, London debated the value and the meaning of art. A Pot of Paint retrieves these debates for a society that continues to argue the merits of innovation in art and the place of art in the modern world.

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