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.

 First Prev   1   2   3   4   5   6   7   8   9   Next Last 
Page 4 of 33   Paintings: 394
At the Piano - James Abbott McNeill Whistler - www.jamesabbottmcneillwhistler.org
At the Piano
Head of an Old Man Smoking - James Abbott McNeill Whistler - www.jamesabbottmcneillwhistler.org
Head of an Old Man Smoking
Nocturne In Blue And Green Chelsea 1870 - James Abbott McNeill Whistler - www.jamesabbottmcneillwhistler.org
Nocturne In Blue And Green Chelsea 1870
Nocturne: Blue and Gold - Old Battersea Bridge - James Abbott McNeill Whistler - www.jamesabbottmcneillwhistler.org
Nocturne: Blue and Gold - Old Battersea Bridge
The Unsafe Tenement - James Abbott McNeill Whistler - www.jamesabbottmcneillwhistler.org
The Unsafe Tenement
Annabel Lee - James Abbott McNeill Whistler - www.jamesabbottmcneillwhistler.org
Annabel Lee
Bathing Posts - James Abbott McNeill Whistler - www.jamesabbottmcneillwhistler.org
Bathing Posts
The Angry Sea - James Abbott McNeill Whistler - www.jamesabbottmcneillwhistler.org
The Angry Sea
Purple and Rose: The Lange Leizen of The Six Marks - James Abbott McNeill Whistler - www.jamesabbottmcneillwhistler.org
Purple and Rose: The Lange Leizen of The Six Marks
Nocturne: Blue and Gold - Southampton Water - James Abbott McNeill Whistler - www.jamesabbottmcneillwhistler.org
Nocturne: Blue and Gold - Southampton Water
Nocturne - James Abbott McNeill Whistler - www.jamesabbottmcneillwhistler.org
Nocturne
Nocturne Blue And Silver Cremorne Lights 1872 - James Abbott McNeill Whistler - www.jamesabbottmcneillwhistler.org
Nocturne Blue And Silver Cremorne Lights 1872

 First Prev   1   2   3   4   5   6   7   8   9   Next Last 
Page 4 of 33   Paintings: 394