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James McNeil Whistler Uneasy Pieces

David Park Curry
Item #: D80167
Pages/Publication Date: 352 / 2004
Publisher: VMFA/Quantuck Lane Press
ISBN: 6781183720018
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Best known today for his austere portrait of his mother, James McNeill Whistler (1834-1903) intrigued viewers in his own era with enigmatically titled canvasses that occasionally skirted the edge of abstraction. Taking an in-depth look at Whistler's contributions to modernism, the text of this exhibition catalogue examines his ability to tailor his work to the realities of the Victorian marketplace; his clever homages to the world of fashion; and his understanding of shifting economic, class, and gender roles. The nearly 350 reproductions here—most shown in color— include the English artist's visionary Nocturnesseries, his cutting-edge interior decorating designs, and his skillful etchings of Venice, along with a sampling of works by Whistler's contemporaries that helps to situate him in the context of his time.


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