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The American artist James McNeill Whistler stated, "Paint should not be applied thick. It should be like breath on the surface of a pane of glass." This catalog of a 2008 exhibition at the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute in Williamstown, MA, explores this aesthetic as seen in the work of Whistler and other American artists active from 1870 to 1920. These artists, sometimes called tonalists, used thin layers of paint to create soft, indistinct compositions. The introduction by Simpson (curator of American art, Clark Art Inst.) is followed by essays on Whistler, George Inness, a group of younger artists working in a similar manner, and tonalist techniques and materials. The 41 color plates include both paintings and photographs; each work is presented on its own page. Two essays conclude the catalog-the first on abstract expressionist artists who worked much as the tonalists did, and the second on the 1972 exhibition The Color of Mood, which first described tonalism as a uniquely American movement. This informative catalog is highly recommended for art history collections.