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: Grey and Gold - Westminster Bridge - James Abbott McNeill Whistler - www.jamesabbottmcneillwhistler.org
Nocturne: Grey and Gold - Westminster Bridge
Black Lion Wharf - James Abbott McNeill Whistler - www.jamesabbottmcneillwhistler.org
Black Lion Wharf
The Last of old Westminster - James Abbott McNeill Whistler - www.jamesabbottmcneillwhistler.org
The Last of old Westminster
Roger Rescuing Angelique (after Ingres) - James Abbott McNeill Whistler - www.jamesabbottmcneillwhistler.org
Roger Rescuing Angelique (after Ingres)
Old Mother Gerard - James Abbott McNeill Whistler - www.jamesabbottmcneillwhistler.org
Old Mother Gerard
The Balcony - James Abbott McNeill Whistler - www.jamesabbottmcneillwhistler.org
The Balcony
Balcony, Amsterdam - James Abbott McNeill Whistler - www.jamesabbottmcneillwhistler.org
Balcony, Amsterdam
Maude, Standing - James Abbott McNeill Whistler - www.jamesabbottmcneillwhistler.org
Maude, Standing
Sketch for
Sketch for "Annabel Lee"
Seascape, Dieppe - James Abbott McNeill Whistler - www.jamesabbottmcneillwhistler.org
Seascape, Dieppe
Portrait of George W. Vanderbilt - James Abbott McNeill Whistler - www.jamesabbottmcneillwhistler.org
Portrait of George W. Vanderbilt
Hastings fishing boats - James Abbott McNeill Whistler - www.jamesabbottmcneillwhistler.org
Hastings fishing boats

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