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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Longshoremen - James Abbott McNeill Whistler - www.jamesabbottmcneillwhistler.org
Longshoremen
Red and Gold, Salute, Sunset - James Abbott McNeill Whistler - www.jamesabbottmcneillwhistler.org
Red and Gold, Salute, Sunset
Blue and Silver, The Chopping Channel - James Abbott McNeill Whistler - www.jamesabbottmcneillwhistler.org
Blue and Silver, The Chopping Channel
Symphony in White Number 2- The Little White Girl ... - James Abbott McNeill Whistler - www.jamesabbottmcneillwhistler.org
Symphony in White Number 2- The Little White Girl ...
Nocturne in Blue and Gold, Old Battersea Bridge (detail) - James Abbott McNeill Whistler - www.jamesabbottmcneillwhistler.org
Nocturne in Blue and Gold, Old Battersea Bridge (detail)
Violet and Siilver, A Deep Sea - James Abbott McNeill Whistler - www.jamesabbottmcneillwhistler.org
Violet and Siilver, A Deep Sea
Harmony in Blue and Gold: The Peacock Room - James Abbott McNeill Whistler - www.jamesabbottmcneillwhistler.org
Harmony in Blue and Gold: The Peacock Room
Purple and Gold: Phryne the Superb! - Builder of Temples - James Abbott McNeill Whistler - www.jamesabbottmcneillwhistler.org
Purple and Gold: Phryne the Superb! - Builder of Temples
Nocturne in Rosa und Grau, Porträt der Lady Meux - James Abbott McNeill Whistler - www.jamesabbottmcneillwhistler.org
Nocturne in Rosa und Grau, Porträt der Lady Meux
Nocturne in Green and Gold 1877 - James Abbott McNeill Whistler - www.jamesabbottmcneillwhistler.org
Nocturne in Green and Gold 1877
Nocturne: Grey and Silver - James Abbott McNeill Whistler - www.jamesabbottmcneillwhistler.org
Nocturne: Grey and Silver
Rose et argent, La Jolie Mutine - James Abbott McNeill Whistler - www.jamesabbottmcneillwhistler.org
Rose et argent, La Jolie Mutine

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