James Abbott McNeill Whistler, Date of Birth, Place of Birth, Date of Death


James Abbott McNeill Whistler

American artist

Date of Birth: 11-Jul-1834

Place of Birth: Lowell, Massachusetts, United States

Date of Death: 17-Jul-1903

Profession: writer, illustrator, painter, etcher, lithographer

Nationality: United States, United Kingdom

Zodiac Sign: Cancer

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About James Abbott McNeill Whistler

  • James Abbott McNeill Whistler (; July 11, 1834 – July 17, 1903) was an American artist active during the American Gilded Age and based primarily in the United Kingdom.
  • He was averse to sentimentality and moral allusion in painting, and a leading proponent of the credo "art for art's sake".
  • His signature for his paintings took the shape of a stylized butterfly possessing a long stinger for a tail.
  • The symbol combined both aspects of his personality: his art is marked by a subtle delicacy, while his public persona was combative.
  • He found a parallel between painting and music and entitled many of his paintings "arrangements", "harmonies", and "nocturnes", emphasizing the primacy of tonal harmony.
  • His most famous painting Arrangement in Grey and Black No.
  • 1 (1871), commonly known as Whistler's Mother, is a revered and often parodied portrait of motherhood.
  • Whistler influenced the art world and the broader culture of his time with his theories and his friendships with leading artists and writers.

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