Fleeting Impressions: Prints by James McNeill Whistler (1834-1903)
December 16, 2011 – April 7, 2012
Warren & Alice Jones and Paul & Betty Boshard galleries (lower level)
A painter and printmaker who earned as much notoriety as renown, Whistler lived an eventful life on the European stage. An America by birth, raised in Russia and educated in Paris, and eventually residing in London, he was the product of no single country or school, according to curator Diana Turnbow.
His work synthesized the influence of ancient Greece, 17-century Dutch art, Japanese aesthetics and 19-century realism and naturalism. He was an early advocate of aestheticism, pursuing art purely for its beauty, and pioneered pictorial abstraction with compositions he called arrangements, harmonies, symphonies or nocturnes to associate visual poetry with music.
Compared to Rembrandt by his contemporaries, Whistler