Monday, December 01, 2008

Whistler: a retrospective

James Abbott McNeill Whistler (1834-1903), though an American by birth, chose London as the arena for his spirited campaign to free art from its inhibiting identification with Victorian morality and commerce. It was these values and preoccupations of nineteenth-century England that the prominent art critic John Ruskin hastened to identify as Whistler's when he accused the artist of "flinging a pot of paint in the public's face." Whistler's now-famous lawsuit against Ruskin for his libellous statement, and the resulting trial, make up but one episode in the career of this great modern artist - and but one of the fascinations offered by this stunning book. [Description provided by the publisher]

N6537.W4 W45 1989

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