Whistler: A Life for Art's Sake (Paperback)
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Whistler: A Life for Art's Sake (Paperback)

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Paperback 510 Pages / Published: 02/03/2018
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A major new biography of James McNeill Whistler, one of most complex, intriguing, and important of America's artists

This engaging personal history dispels the popular notion of James McNeill Whistler (1834-1903) as merely a combative, eccentric, and unrelenting publicity seeker. The Whistler revealed in these beautifully illustrated 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.

"[Sutherland] seeks to get behind the public Whistler . . . never judging or condescending to his subject. . . . The portrait of Whistler that emerges is complex and mysterious . . . a measured and scholarly account of an extraordinary life."-Ruth Scurr, Wall Street Journal

"The first comprehensive biography of Whistler in at least a generation. . . . Sutherland skillfully captures Whistler's ambition, tenacity, and insecurity and presents his life in a narrative that does justice to both his triumphs and his failures."-Eleanor Jones Harvey, American Scholar

Publisher: Yale University Press
ISBN: 9780300232639
Number of pages: 510
Weight: 998 g
Dimensions: 233 x 156 mm

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“The Genius of Smudge?”

James Abbot Whistler (he would add his mother’s maiden of McNeill later in his life) was born in the busy mill town of Lowell, Massachusetts, in 1834 (though he would come to deny that place of birth in an attempt to... More

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