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This book reexamines the colorful American artist's all-but-forgotten role as "midwife at the birth of abstract painting". In text that sparkles with the painter's own vivid epigrams, the author documents how Whistler's unorthodox pictorial design and his new vision of space set the stage for geometric abstraction in 20th century art. 32 full-page color reproductions.
Series: Watson-Guptill Famous Artists
Hardcover: 88 pages
Publisher: Watson-Guptill (1969)
Product Dimensions: 11 x 10.3 x 0.4 inches
Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
on April 12, 2016
By Steve Wyzard
This (paperback) volume is now 40 years old, and it still merits the highest possible recommendation to those who are discovering Whistler’s MIRACULOUS nocturnes for the first time. If you know Whistler only through his portraits, this Smithsonian publication reproduces 32 color plates drawn entirely from American collections. And to those who lift their noses and sniff, “Only 32?”, let me just say that these 32 paintings went vast distances toward revolutionizing art history. 20th century abstract art would have been radically different without the impact of the late landscapes and seascapes that are depicted in this concise yet detailed book.
He didn’t want to be a millionaire, he just wanted to live like one
on June 6, 2014
By Frederick E. Bikle
Whistler was the most interesting of painters of the last 150 years. His ability to “play” the system ( art, financial , personal) has never been equaled by any other noteworthy person. Too bad he didn’t live longer.
on June 27, 2015
By E. Anderson
One of my favorite artists. Nice book.
on December 6, 2014
By G Rob
Whistler can capture nightscape atmosphere like no others
Going where the photograph can’t follow
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on February 3, 2013
By S. Smith-Peter
These moody landscapes and seascapes are gorgeous and mysterious windows into those times at dusk that the camera can’t fully capture. Whistler conveys wonderfully those murky times between day and night, between shore and land. He didn’t like trees, but he loved waves. So there are beach scenes, rolling hills and wonderful street scenes when the lights first come on on a winter’s night.
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