"Caprice in Purple and Gold: The Golden Screen," 1864, by James Abott McNeill Whistler



    The American born artist James McNeill Whistler is famous for his paintings of nocturnal London, his striking and stylistically advanced full-length portraits, and for his brilliant etchings and lithographs. A prominent public figure and dandy of Victorian London, this photograph was taken in January 1879 at a time when Whistler was facing bankruptcy after his ruinous libel case against Ruskin; he would shortly retreat to Venice to work on etchings. Beneath the autograph is Whistler's distinctive butterfly signature; this developed from the monogram 'JW'. The photograph comes from the major archive which was donated to Glasgow University by Miss Rosalind Birnie Philip, Whistler's sister-in-law.




    Arrangement in Black - James McNeill Whistler 










    James Mcneill Whistler:

    American Painter and Printmaker, 1834-1903 James Abbott McNeill Whistler's deft brushwork and mighty ego made him one of London's best-known painters in the second half of the 1800s. Born in Massachusetts, Whistler spent most of his adult life in England and France, in an era when an American artist in Europe was something of a rarity. He specialized in landscapes and (especially later in his career) portraits; stylistically he is often linked with Claude Monet and August Renoir, though he was not exactly part of the Impressionist movement. His etchings also are highly regarded.
    Witty, cranky and a bit of a devil, Whistler was a regular gadabout in British society. He had a famous long-running feud with the playwright Oscar Wilde, each of them trying to outwit the other with cutting public remarks. Some critics of the era considered Whistler's work to be smudgy and too radical; after viewing Whistler's 1875 study of fireworks over the Thames, Nocturne in Black and Gold: the Falling Rocket, John Ruskin wrote: "I have seen, and heard, much of cockney impudence before now; but never expected to hear a coxcomb ask two hundred guineas for flinging a pot of paint in the public's face." Whistler successfully sued Ruskin for libel but was awarded only a farthing in damages,





    Arrangement in Gray and Black No.2: Portrait of Thomas Carlyle Whistler, James Abbott McNeill Painting Reproductions







    Green and Violet Portrait of Mrs. Walter Sickert - James McNeill Whistler


    Green and Violet Portrait of Mrs. Walter Sickert 1885






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