Whistler and His Circle in Venice

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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
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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.
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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 Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781858942018
  • Publisher: Bow Historical Books
  • Publication date: 1/1/2003
  • Pages: 160

Table of Contents

Preface 7
"Something Still Better Round the Corner" 11
Whistler and Sargent circa 1880 23
In the Wake of the Butterfly: Whistler and His Circle 35
The Freer Gallery of Art Pastels 49
Whistler in Venice 57
Whistler's Circle in Venice 113
Selected Bibliography 156
Acknowledgments 157
Picture Credits 158
Index 159
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