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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Study for 'Mouth of the River' - James Abbott McNeill Whistler - www.jamesabbottmcneillwhistler.org
Study for 'Mouth of the River'
Blue and Silver: The Blue Wave, Biarritz - James Abbott McNeill Whistler - www.jamesabbottmcneillwhistler.org
Blue and Silver: The Blue Wave, Biarritz
Note in Red: The Siesta - James Abbott McNeill Whistler - www.jamesabbottmcneillwhistler.org
Note in Red: The Siesta
Nocturne: San Giorgio - James Abbott McNeill Whistler - www.jamesabbottmcneillwhistler.org
Nocturne: San Giorgio
Rose et argent: La Jolie Mutine - James Abbott McNeill Whistler - www.jamesabbottmcneillwhistler.org
Rose et argent: La Jolie Mutine
Violet and Siilver: A Deep Sea - James Abbott McNeill Whistler - www.jamesabbottmcneillwhistler.org
Violet and Siilver: A Deep Sea
Blue and Silver: The Chopping Channel - James Abbott McNeill Whistler - www.jamesabbottmcneillwhistler.org
Blue and Silver: The Chopping Channel
Green and Violet: Portrait of Mrs. Walter Sickert - James Abbott McNeill Whistler - www.jamesabbottmcneillwhistler.org
Green and Violet: Portrait of Mrs. Walter Sickert
Nocturne: the Solent - James Abbott McNeill Whistler - www.jamesabbottmcneillwhistler.org
Nocturne: the Solent
Red and Gold: Salute, Sunset - James Abbott McNeill Whistler - www.jamesabbottmcneillwhistler.org
Red and Gold: Salute, Sunset

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