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Whistler and his circle in Venice
Denker, Eric.
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London : Merrell ; Washington, D.C. : in association with The Corcoran Gallery of Art, [2003]

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160 pages : illustrations (chiefly color), portraits ; 29 cm
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"Published on the occasion of the exhibition Whistler and His Circle in Venice organized by the Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C."--T.p. verso.
"Something still better round the corner" ; Whistler and Sargent circa 1880 / Eric Denker -- In the wake of the butterfly: Whistler and his circle / Eric Denker, Emilie K. Johnson -- Freer Gallery of Art pastels / Kenneth John Myers -- Whistler in Venice -- Whistler's circle in Venice
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ND237.W6 D46 2003 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area-Oversize

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"This new study focuses on a little-documented period of Whistler's career: his stay in Venice from 1879 to 1880. Arriving in the footsteps of such renowned artists as Canaletto, Guardi, and Turner, whose enthusiasm for representing the city was shared by so many Grand Tourists, Whistler was determined to do more than simply capture its popular views. He wanted to penetrate further - to achieve a greater understanding of the nature of Venice itself." "As this book reveals, Whistler's struggle to find a "Venice of the Venetians" proved profoundly significant, challenging and redefining the ways in which others viewed the city. It also traces the remarkable breadth of his influence on artists in Europe and the United States, including John Singer Sargent, whose lifelong association with Whistler - begun during their stay in Venice - receives a new, in-depth appraisal. Whistler's impact on pictorial photography, notably on the work of Alfred Stieglitz, is explored here for the first time."--BOOK JACKET.Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved

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Eric Denker is Curator of Prints and Drawings at The Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, D. C.

Reviews 2

Library Journal Review

James McNeill Whistler (1834-1903) was an American artist best known for the work he did during his expatriate years in Europe. Among the best of many books about him is Ronald Anderson and Anne Koval's two-volume Lithographs of James McNeil Whistler, which provides a comprehensive picture of the artist, his works, and his contribution to the history of art. Though curator and author Denker (In Pursuit of the Butterfly: Portraits of James McNeill Whistler) covers a brief but significant period in Whistler's life and body of works, his volume adds little to the available literature. Margaret MacDonald's Palaces in the Night: Whistler in Venice and James McNeill Whistler: Drawings, Pastels and Watercolours: A Catalogue Raisonn? are both superior undertakings. This book's pairing of works by accomplished artists and photographers with those of Whistler in an attempt to demonstrate his influence may be all that justifies recommending it for select museum and art libraries.-Edward K. Owusu-Ansah, CUNY Coll. of Staten Island Lib., New York (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Choice Review

This catalog to an exhibition at the Corcoran Gallery of Art builds on 20 years of study of Whistler by an international host of scholars. It focuses on one of his most famous and productive periods, the 14 months spent in Venice from 1879 to 1880, when he produced 50 prints and 100 pastels. The first half of the book consists of essays by Corcoran curator Denker and others--concise, detailed, and clearly written accounts of Whistler's own work, that of his friend Sargent, and Whistler's young followers, including Duveneck, Pennell, and even Stieglitz. Pastels collected by Charles Lang Freer are discussed also. The tremendous, long-lasting influence of Whistler's Venice work is brought home. The second half of the catalog consists of 143 plates, most of them in color. They are proof, again, that we live in a golden age of color reproduction--the images are so clear one can see the grain of the paper on which Whistler printed or drew. As never before, the general reader can appreciate the subtleties of Whistler's art. The work of his followers is less familiar, its high quality a pleasing revelation. ^BSumming Up: Highly recommended. General readers; upper-division undergraduates through faculty. W. B. Maynard Johns Hopkins University

Table of Contents

Eric DenkerEric DenkerEric Denker and Emilie K. JohnsonKenneth John Myers
Prefacep. 7
"Something Still Better Round the Corner"p. 11
Whistler and Sargent circa 1880p. 23
In the Wake of the Butterfly: Whistler and His Circlep. 35
The Freer Gallery of Art Pastelsp. 49
Whistler in Venicep. 57
Whistler's Circle in Venicep. 113
Selected Bibliographyp. 156
Acknowledgmentsp. 157
Picture Creditsp. 158
Indexp. 159