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James McNeill Whistler

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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