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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Self-Portrait - James Abbott McNeill Whistler - www.jamesabbottmcneillwhistler.org
Self-Portrait
Nocturne, the Solent - James Abbott McNeill Whistler - www.jamesabbottmcneillwhistler.org
Nocturne, the Solent
Symphony in White, Number 1- The White Girl, 1862 - James Abbott McNeill Whistler - www.jamesabbottmcneillwhistler.org
Symphony in White, Number 1- The White Girl, 1862
Nocturne in Black and Gold- The Falling Rocket  1875 - James Abbott McNeill Whistler - www.jamesabbottmcneillwhistler.org
Nocturne in Black and Gold- The Falling Rocket 1875
Nocturne in blue and green - James Abbott McNeill Whistler - www.jamesabbottmcneillwhistler.org
Nocturne in blue and green
Nocturne, San Giorgio - James Abbott McNeill Whistler - www.jamesabbottmcneillwhistler.org
Nocturne, San Giorgio
Nocturne: Blue and Silver - Chelsea - James Abbott McNeill Whistler - www.jamesabbottmcneillwhistler.org
Nocturne: Blue and Silver - Chelsea
Symphony in White, No. 3 - James Abbott McNeill Whistler - www.jamesabbottmcneillwhistler.org
Symphony in White, No. 3
Sea and Rain - James Abbott McNeill Whistler - www.jamesabbottmcneillwhistler.org
Sea and Rain
Blue and Silver, The Blue Wave, Biarritz - James Abbott McNeill Whistler - www.jamesabbottmcneillwhistler.org
Blue and Silver, The Blue Wave, Biarritz
Nocturne, Grey and Gold - James Abbott McNeill Whistler - www.jamesabbottmcneillwhistler.org
Nocturne, Grey and Gold
Wool-Carders - James Abbott McNeill Whistler - www.jamesabbottmcneillwhistler.org
Wool-Carders

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