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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Nocturne Furnace - James Abbott McNeill Whistler - www.jamesabbottmcneillwhistler.org
Nocturne Furnace
Arrangement in Black, No.5: Lady Meux - James Abbott McNeill Whistler - www.jamesabbottmcneillwhistler.org
Arrangement in Black, No.5: Lady Meux
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...
Portrait of Whistler with Hat - James Abbott McNeill Whistler - www.jamesabbottmcneillwhistler.org
Portrait of Whistler with Hat
The Japanese Dress - James Abbott McNeill Whistler - www.jamesabbottmcneillwhistler.org
The Japanese Dress
Nocturne: Battersea Bridge - James Abbott McNeill Whistler - www.jamesabbottmcneillwhistler.org
Nocturne: Battersea Bridge
Nocturne: Grey and Gold - Chelsea Snow - James Abbott McNeill Whistler - www.jamesabbottmcneillwhistler.org
Nocturne: Grey and Gold - Chelsea Snow
Crepuscule in Flesh Colour and Green: Valparaiso - James Abbott McNeill Whistler - www.jamesabbottmcneillwhistler.org
Crepuscule in Flesh Colour and Green: Valparaiso
Venus with Organist - James Abbott McNeill Whistler - www.jamesabbottmcneillwhistler.org
Venus with Organist
(K. 241) - James Abbott McNeill Whistler - www.jamesabbottmcneillwhistler.org
(K. 241)
The Beach at Selsey Bill - James Abbott McNeill Whistler - www.jamesabbottmcneillwhistler.org
The Beach at Selsey Bill
Arrangement in Pink, Red and Purple - James Abbott McNeill Whistler - www.jamesabbottmcneillwhistler.org
Arrangement in Pink, Red and Purple

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