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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Pink Note : The Novelette - James Abbott McNeill Whistler - www.jamesabbottmcneillwhistler.org
Pink Note : The Novelette
Nocturne: Grey and Gold - Westminster Bridge - James Abbott McNeill Whistler - www.jamesabbottmcneillwhistler.org
Nocturne: Grey and Gold - Westminster Bridge
Portrait of George W. Vanderbilt - James Abbott McNeill Whistler - www.jamesabbottmcneillwhistler.org
Portrait of George W. Vanderbilt
Old Mother Gerard - James Abbott McNeill Whistler - www.jamesabbottmcneillwhistler.org
Old Mother Gerard
Harmony in Flesh Colour and Red - James Abbott McNeill Whistler - www.jamesabbottmcneillwhistler.org
Harmony in Flesh Colour and Red
Seascape, Dieppe - James Abbott McNeill Whistler - www.jamesabbottmcneillwhistler.org
Seascape, Dieppe
Black Lion Wharf - James Abbott McNeill Whistler - www.jamesabbottmcneillwhistler.org
Black Lion Wharf
Roger Rescuing Angelique (after Ingres) - James Abbott McNeill Whistler - www.jamesabbottmcneillwhistler.org
Roger Rescuing Angelique (after Ingres)
Annie Haden - James Abbott McNeill Whistler - www.jamesabbottmcneillwhistler.org
Annie Haden
Sketch for
Sketch for "Annabel Lee"
The Balcony - James Abbott McNeill Whistler - www.jamesabbottmcneillwhistler.org
The Balcony
Maude, Standing - James Abbott McNeill Whistler - www.jamesabbottmcneillwhistler.org
Maude, Standing

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