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Nocturne in Blue and Silver

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Description: Nocturne in Blue and Silver
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Description: Art for Art’s Sake: Aestheticism in Victorian Painting
For his contemporaries as for recent scholars, the primary fact about Whistler is his singularity. It may be said that he and his critics, in a strange collusion born of antipathy and adulation in equal measure, have made of Whistler himself an object of aesthetic judgement...
PublisherPaul Mellon Centre
Related print edition pages: pp.163-199
Description: Inventing the Modern Artist: Art and Culture in Gilded Age America
In 1905, B. O. Flower, editor of the liberal magazine Arena, described the great crisis of contemporary art as a battle “between those who stand for sane and normal freedom and who though true to the basic principles of art refuse to be copyists or imitators,” and “those . . . imbued with the soul-stagnating spirit of modern commercialism” who are intent on forming a trust “where the measuring-rod of mediocrity would become paramount.” Pitting incorporated modes of artistic practice against the …
PublisherYale University Press
Related print edition pages: pp.46-76

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