A major new biography of James McNeill Whistler, one of most complex, intriguing, and important of America's artists The first biography in more than twenty years of James McNeill Whistler (1834-1903) is also the first to make extensive use of the artist's private correspondence to tell the story of his life and work.
This engaging personal history dispels the popular notion of Whistler as merely a combative, eccentric, and unrelenting publicity seeker, a man as renowned for his public feuds with Oscar Wilde and John Ruskin as for the iconic portrait of his mother.
The Whistler revealed in these pages is an intense, introspective, and complex man, plagued by self-doubt and haunted by an endless pursuit of perfection in his painting and drawing.
In his beautifully illustrated and deeply human portrayal of the artist, Daniel E.
Sutherland shows why Whistler was perhaps the most influential artist of his generation, and certainly a pivotal figure in the cultural history of the nineteenth century. Whistler comes alive through his own magnificent work and words, including the provocative manifestos that explained his bold artistic vision, sparked controversy in his own time, and resonate to this day.
- Format: Hardback
- Pages: 432 pages, 12 colour images + 94 black-&-white illustrations
- Publisher: Yale University Press
- Publication Date: 04/02/2014
- Category: History of art & design styles: c 1800 to c 1900
- ISBN: 9780300203462
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Review by zzshupinga
ARC provided by NetGalley Everyone has heard or seen of the work “Whistler’s Mother,” but how many people know who Whistler is? In the first biography on James McNeill Whistler in more than twenty years, Daniel Sutherland presents a more complex version of Whistler than previously seen by making extensive use of Whistler’s private correspondence. Sutherland reveals an artist that an intense and complex individual, often plagued by self-doubt, but who was still one of the most influential artists of his time period. Sutherland gives a much fuller picture of Whistler than we have perhaps previously known about and one that is well illustrated and readable. 3.5 out of 5 stars.