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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Convalescent - James Abbott McNeill Whistler - www.jamesabbottmcneillwhistler.org
Convalescent
Arrangement in White and Black - James Abbott McNeill Whistler - www.jamesabbottmcneillwhistler.org
Arrangement in White and Black
Portrait of his Mother - James Abbott McNeill Whistler - www.jamesabbottmcneillwhistler.org
Portrait of his Mother
Harmony in Blue and Silver: Trouville - James Abbott McNeill Whistler - www.jamesabbottmcneillwhistler.org
Harmony in Blue and Silver: Trouville
Symphony in Grey and Green- The Ocean  1866-72 - James Abbott McNeill Whistler - www.jamesabbottmcneillwhistler.org
Symphony in Grey and Green- The Ocean 1866-72
Peacock Room - James Abbott McNeill Whistler - www.jamesabbottmcneillwhistler.org
Peacock Room
The Little Rose of Lyme Regis - James Abbott McNeill Whistler - www.jamesabbottmcneillwhistler.org
The Little Rose of Lyme Regis
Nocturne Shipping - James Abbott McNeill Whistler - www.jamesabbottmcneillwhistler.org
Nocturne Shipping
The Arabian - James Abbott McNeill Whistler - www.jamesabbottmcneillwhistler.org
The Arabian
Nocturne In Blue And Silver 1871 2 - James Abbott McNeill Whistler - www.jamesabbottmcneillwhistler.org
Nocturne In Blue And Silver 1871 2
Red and Black: the Fan - James Abbott McNeill Whistler - www.jamesabbottmcneillwhistler.org
Red and Black: the Fan
The Greek Slave Girl (or Variations in Violet and Rose) - James Abbott McNeill Whistler - www.jamesabbottmcneillwhistler.org
The Greek Slave Girl (or Variations in Violet and Rose)

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