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After Whistler : the artist and his influence on American painting
Merrill, Linda, 1959-
Publication Information:
Atlanta : High Museum of Art :. Yale University Press, c2003.
Physical Description:
272 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 32 cm
General Note:
Catalog of an exhibition held at the High Museum of Art, Atlanta, Nov. 22, 2003-Feb. 8, 2004, and at the Detroit Institute of Arts, Mar. 13-June 6, 2004.

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ND237.W6 A4 2003 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area-Oversize

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James McNeill Whistler (1834-1903) left the United States for Europe at the age of 21, never to return, and his style developed independently of American art currents. Nonetheless, he left an indelible mark on the art of his native land, for his modernist aesthetic influenced the work of a generation of American painters. This illustrated book, published to commemorate the centenary of the artist's death, addresses Whistler's extraordinary legacy and establishes his pivotal place in the history of American art. array of pictures by 38 other American painters - including Henry Ossawa Tanner, William Merritt Chase, and John Singer Sargent - to demonstrate how Whistler's American contemporaries were affected by his techniques, colour palette, compositions and subject matter. with American artists and the reception of his work in the United States. The essays that follow discuss Whistler's Venetian sojourn and its effect on the American artists who flocked to that city, his relationship with Philadelphia's art community, the Whistler Memorial Exhibition held in Boston in 1904, and much more.

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Library Journal Review

This catalog accompanies an exhibition that opened in Atlanta's High Museum of Art and is now at the Detroit Institute of Arts through May 30. Part of a spate of books marking the centennial of the artist's death, it documents the broad influence this American expatriate painter and printmaker had on 38 later American artists. James A.M. Whistler (1834-1903) left the United States in 1855 and never returned, fashioning a successful and incendiary career in Europe. Widely studied by younger American artists in Europe after the Civil War, he became a mentor and inspiration to many of his compatriots. Although many of the artists whom Whistler influenced are familiar (e.g., John Singer Sargent, J.W. Alexander, William Merritt Chase), others among the three dozen artists represented in the exhibition (along with 14 paintings by Whistler) are less well known (and in some cases perhaps deservedly so). This book's team of curatorial and academic authors, among them former High Museum curator Merrill, has produced an interesting and thoughtful group of essays. Although there is some overlap, this book is broader than Margaret MacDonald's recent Palaces in the Night: Whistler in Venice or Eric Denker's Whistler and His Circle in Venice. This work will appeal to both scholars and general readers interested in American art.-Jack Perry Brown, Art Inst. of Chicago Libs. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Table of Contents

Michael E. ShapiroLinda MerrillLinda MerrillMarc SimpsonSylvia YountJohn SiewertRobyn AslesonLee GlazerLacey Taylor Jordan and Linda Merrill and Sylvia Yount
Director's Forewordp. 6
Prefacep. 7
Whistler in Americap. 10
Venice, Whistler, and the American Othersp. 32
Whistler and Philadelphia: A Question of Characterp. 50
Rhetoric and Reputation in Whistler's Nocturnesp. 64
The Idol and His Apprentices: Whistler and the Academie Carmen of Parisp. 74
Whistler, America, and the Memorial Exhibition of 1904p. 86
Cataloguep. 97
Bibliographyp. 256
Notes on Contributorsp. 264
Lenders to the Exhibitionp. 265
Indexp. 266
Photo Creditsp. 272