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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Harmony in Blue and Gold: The Little Blue Girl - James Abbott McNeill Whistler - www.jamesabbottmcneillwhistler.org
Harmony in Blue and Gold: The Little Blue Girl
The Little Nude Model, Reading - James Abbott McNeill Whistler - www.jamesabbottmcneillwhistler.org
The Little Nude Model, Reading
Rose - James Abbott McNeill Whistler - www.jamesabbottmcneillwhistler.org
Rose
Harmony in Pink and Grey: Valerie, Lady Meux - James Abbott McNeill Whistler - www.jamesabbottmcneillwhistler.org
Harmony in Pink and Grey: Valerie, Lady Meux
Harmony in Green and Rose, The Music Room - James Abbott McNeill Whistler - www.jamesabbottmcneillwhistler.org
Harmony in Green and Rose, The Music Room
Arrangement in Black and Brown: The Fur Jacket - James Abbott McNeill Whistler - www.jamesabbottmcneillwhistler.org
Arrangement in Black and Brown: The Fur Jacket
The Artist's Studio - James Abbott McNeill Whistler - www.jamesabbottmcneillwhistler.org
The Artist's Studio
Nocturne- Blue and Silver - James Abbott McNeill Whistler - www.jamesabbottmcneillwhistler.org
Nocturne- Blue and Silver
Rose and Silver: The Princess from the Land of Porcelain - James Abbott McNeill Whistler - www.jamesabbottmcneillwhistler.org
Rose and Silver: The Princess from the Land of Porcelain
Symphony in Flesh Colour and Pink: Portrait of Mrs... - James Abbott McNeill Whistler - www.jamesabbottmcneillwhistler.org
Symphony in Flesh Colour and Pink: Portrait of Mrs...
Arrangement in Flesh Colour and Brown, Portrait of... - James Abbott McNeill Whistler - www.jamesabbottmcneillwhistler.org
Arrangement in Flesh Colour and Brown, Portrait of...
Arrangement in Grey and Black, No.2: Portrait of Thomas... - James Abbott McNeill Whistler - www.jamesabbottmcneillwhistler.org
Arrangement in Grey and Black, No.2: Portrait of Thomas...

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