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Description - Whistler by Stanley Weintraub

As the art world gears up for the 100th anniversary of Whistler's death, "a sparkling narrative that gives us a very intimate account of the artist's life. "-Hilton Kramer, New York Times Book Review. He was the most notorious and misunderstood American artist of his time, and also the most influential. To this day James Abbott McNeill Whistler (18341903) is one of the most recognized names in painting because of his celebrated (and endlessly satirized) Whistler's Mother, one of the treasures of the Louvre. He was, to say the least, a character. Born in Massachusetts, he claimed to be a Southerner and wound up living most of his life abroadin Russia, France, and England (though he could not tolerate more than brief periods in France and thoroughly disliked the English). Whistler's sense of belligerent alienation erupted in ways that were endlessly fascinating to both Europeans and Americ ans: his insatiable urge to take his grievances to court (including literary and artistic grievances); his feuds and vendettas with such worthies as Ruskin, Wilde, and Beardsley; his acid wit and libelous invective; his ability to set fashions in art, dress, even lifestyle; his love affairs and relentless social climbinghis was a flamboyant life, told here "with clarity, judgment, and liveliness" (Leon Edel).

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780306809712
ISBN-10: 0306809710
Format: Paperback
(229mm x 152mm x mm)
Pages: 528
Imprint: Da Capo Press Inc
Publish Date: 30-Mar-2001
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Stanley Weintraub

Stanley Weintraub is the author of many books, including Victoria: An Intimate Biographyand The London Yankees. He is Evan Pugh Professor Emeritus of Arts and Humanities at Pennsylvania State University.

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