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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The Arabian - James Abbott McNeill Whistler - www.jamesabbottmcneillwhistler.org
The Arabian
Nocturne: Grey and Gold - Canal, Holland - James Abbott McNeill Whistler - www.jamesabbottmcneillwhistler.org
Nocturne: Grey and Gold - Canal, Holland
Balcony, Amsterdam 2 - James Abbott McNeill Whistler - www.jamesabbottmcneillwhistler.org
Balcony, Amsterdam 2
Nocturne: Blue and Gold - St Mark's, Venice - James Abbott McNeill Whistler - www.jamesabbottmcneillwhistler.org
Nocturne: Blue and Gold - St Mark's, Venice
Arrangement in Grey: Portrait of Master Stephen Manuel - James Abbott McNeill Whistler - www.jamesabbottmcneillwhistler.org
Arrangement in Grey: Portrait of Master Stephen Manuel
Amsterdam, From The Tolhuis - James Abbott McNeill Whistler - www.jamesabbottmcneillwhistler.org
Amsterdam, From The Tolhuis
Arrangement in Yellow and Grey: Effie Deans - James Abbott McNeill Whistler - www.jamesabbottmcneillwhistler.org
Arrangement in Yellow and Grey: Effie Deans
The Master Smith of Lyme Regis - James Abbott McNeill Whistler - www.jamesabbottmcneillwhistler.org
The Master Smith of Lyme Regis
Nocturne: Trafalgar Square - Chelsea Snow - James Abbott McNeill Whistler - www.jamesabbottmcneillwhistler.org
Nocturne: Trafalgar Square - Chelsea Snow
Balcony, Amsterdam - James Abbott McNeill Whistler - www.jamesabbottmcneillwhistler.org
Balcony, Amsterdam
The Last of old Westminster - James Abbott McNeill Whistler - www.jamesabbottmcneillwhistler.org
The Last of old Westminster
The Kitchen - James Abbott McNeill Whistler - www.jamesabbottmcneillwhistler.org
The Kitchen

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