James Abbott McNeill Whistler (July 11, 1834 - July 17, 1903) was an American-born, British-based artist. Averse to sentimentality and moral allusion in painting, he was a leading proponent of the credo "art for art's sake". His famous signature for his paintings was in the shape of a stylized butterfly possessing a long stinger for a tail.

The symbol was apt, for it combined both aspects of his personality-his art was characterized by a subtle delicacy, while his public persona was combative. Finding a parallel between painting and music, Whistler titled many of his paintings "arrangements", "harmonies", and "nocturnes", emphasizing the primacy of tonal harmony.

His most famous painting is the iconic Whistler's Mother, the revered and oft parodied portrait of motherhood. A wit, dandy, and shameless self-promoter, Whistler influenced the art world and the broader culture of his time with his artistic theories and his friendships with leading artists and writers.

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Arrangement in Grey and Black- Portrait of the Artist's... - James Abbott McNeill Whistler - www.jamesabbottmcneillwhistler.org
Arrangement in Grey and Black- Portrait of the Artist's...
The Gold Scab - James Abbott McNeill Whistler - www.jamesabbottmcneillwhistler.org
The Gold Scab
Nocturne in Blue and Silver, The Lagoon, Venice - James Abbott McNeill Whistler - www.jamesabbottmcneillwhistler.org
Nocturne in Blue and Silver, The Lagoon, Venice
Pink Note: The Novelette - James Abbott McNeill Whistler - www.jamesabbottmcneillwhistler.org
Pink Note: The Novelette
Nocturne in Black and Gold, The Falling Rocket - James Abbott McNeill Whistler - www.jamesabbottmcneillwhistler.org
Nocturne in Black and Gold, The Falling Rocket
Note in Red, The Siesta - James Abbott McNeill Whistler - www.jamesabbottmcneillwhistler.org
Note in Red, The Siesta
Nude Girl with a Bowl - James Abbott McNeill Whistler - www.jamesabbottmcneillwhistler.org
Nude Girl with a Bowl
Billingsgate - James Abbott McNeill Whistler - www.jamesabbottmcneillwhistler.org
Billingsgate
Green and Violet, Portrait of Mrs. Walter Sickert - James Abbott McNeill Whistler - www.jamesabbottmcneillwhistler.org
Green and Violet, Portrait of Mrs. Walter Sickert
Caprice in Purple and Gold, The Golden Screen - James Abbott McNeill Whistler - www.jamesabbottmcneillwhistler.org
Caprice in Purple and Gold, The Golden Screen
Nocturne in Blue and Gold: Valparaiso Bay - James Abbott McNeill Whistler - www.jamesabbottmcneillwhistler.org
Nocturne in Blue and Gold: Valparaiso Bay
Nocturne 1870 77 - James Abbott McNeill Whistler - www.jamesabbottmcneillwhistler.org
Nocturne 1870 77

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