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James Abbott McNeill Whistler

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Description: Humans
This essay considers the oeuvre of the artist James McNeill Whistler in terms of Whistler’s sustained meditation on human consciousness and evocation of human presence. His motifs relied on an abbreviated form of notation, recognizable, for instance, in the broad, almost transparent swathes of...
PublisherTerra Foundation for American Art
Related print edition pages: pp.112-131
Description: Inventing the Modern Artist: Art and Culture in Gilded Age America
In the late nineteenth century, writers exhibited a marked tendency to dwell on the personal traits and appearance of artists. Nowhere was this more pronounced than in the voluminous archive dedicated to the expatriate American James McNeill Whistler (1834–1903), the subject of scores of articles, a number that would rise to many hundreds (along with a large number of books) in the decades after his death. Both generator and focus of a vigorous publicity enterprise, Whistler—or at least certain …
PublisherYale University Press
Related print edition pages: pp.221-246