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James McNeill Whistler

American painter, printmaker, and designer, active in England and France

Brief biography, in most instances from the Union List of Artist Names® Online:
He developed from the Realism of Courbet and Manet to become one of the leading members of The Aesthetic Movement and an exponent of Japonisme. He adopted non-specific or musical titles for his works the emphasis of which was often mood or the manipulation of paint across the surface, rather than the actual subject depicted. He is best know for his work "Arrangement in Grey and Black No 1: Portrait of the Artist's Mother" (1871), and his subsequent portraits using simple tonal colors. In 1877, his work "Nocture in Black and Gold: the Falling Rocket," caused a sensation for its blatant abstract qualitites that shocked art critics. In his later life, he created an ambitious series of etchings.

Artist ID number in the Union List of Artist Names®: ULAN 500012432.
The ULAN link above leads to a cataloging authority record at the Getty Research Institute.

Objects related to James McNeill Whistler:

James McNeill Whistler Nocturnes-Marines-Chevalet Pieces, 1892 Albumen print from collodion glass plate negative, mounted on board
James McNeill Whistler 42 Etchings from Cancelled Plates Etching
James McNeill Whistler Sketches on the Coast Survey Plate, 1854-1855 Etching and roulette printed in brown ink on Asian laid paper
James McNeill Whistler Little Arthur, ca. 1858 Etching on heavyweight wove paper
James McNeill Whistler La Mere Gerard, ca. 1856 Etching on tan chine collé
James McNeill Whistler Fumette, ca. 1857 Etching and drypoint on gold-tone chine collé
James McNeill Whistler The Tinsmith (La Rétameuse), ca. 1856-1858 (published 1859) Etching on gold-tone chine collé
James McNeill Whistler The Unsafe Tenement, 1858 Etching on gold-tone chine collé
James McNeill Whistler Street at Saverne, 1858 Etching printed in brown ink on grey-blue chine collé
James McNeill Whistler Elderly Rag Woman (La Vieille aux Loques), 1858 Etching and drypoint printed in brown ink on wove paper
James McNeill Whistler The Mustard Vendor (La Marchande de Moutarde), ca. 1856 Etching on laid paper
James McNeill Whistler Little Rag Gatherers, 1858 Etching on laid paper
James McNeill Whistler The Kitchen, ca. 1858 Etching and drypoint printed in brown ink on buff chine collé
James McNeill Whistler The Kitchen, ca. 1858 Etching on laid paper
James McNeill Whistler Title to the French Set, 1858 Etching on laid paper
James McNeill Whistler The Wine Glass, 19th century Etching on laid paper
James McNeill Whistler Seymour Seated, ca. 1858 Etching on thin Asian laid paper
James McNeill Whistler Annie Seated, ca. 1858 Etching on laid paper
James McNeill Whistler Reading by Lamplight, ca. 1858-1859 Etching and drypoint on fine laid paper
James McNeill Whistler The Music Room, ca. 1858-1859 Etching on laid paper
James McNeill Whistler Landscape with the Horse, 1859 Etching on wove paper
James McNeill Whistler Landscape with the Horse, 1859 Etching and drypoint on very thin Asian laid paper
James McNeill Whistler Nursemaid and Child, ca. 1859 Etching on thin laid paper
James McNeill Whistler Thames Warehouses, 1859 Etching on heavyweight laid paper
James McNeill Whistler Old Westminster Bridge, 1859 Etching and drypoint on Japan tissue paper
James McNeill Whistler Eagle Wharf, 1859 Etching and drypoint on laid paper
James McNeill Whistler Black Lion Wharf, 1859 Etching and drypoint on laid paper
James McNeill Whistler The Pool, 1859 Etching and drypoint on laid paper
James McNeill Whistler Longshoremen, 1859 Etching and drypoint on thin Asian laid paper
James McNeill Whistler The Lime Burner, 1859 Etching and drypoint on heavyweight laid paper
James McNeill Whistler Billingsgate, 1859 Etching and drypoint printed in brown ink on vellum
James McNeill Whistler Soup for Three Sous (Soupe à Trois Sous), ca. 1859 Etching and drypoint printed in brown ink on laid paper
James McNeill Whistler Bibi Valentin, 1859 Etching and drypoint on Asian laid paper
James McNeill Whistler Bibi Lalouette, 1859 Etching and drypoint on laid paper
James McNeill Whistler Becquet, ca. 1860 Etching and drypoint on laid paper
James McNeill Whistler Drouet, 1859 Etching and drypoint on very thin Asian laid paper
James McNeill Whistler Rotherhithe, 1860 Etching and drypoint on laid paper
James McNeill Whistler Rotherhithe (Wapping), 1860 (possibly printed 1871) Etching and drypoint on fine wove paper
James McNeill Whistler The Forge, 1861 Drypoint on laid paper, DEBDL and beehive-Vanderley
James McNeill Whistler Old Hungerford Bridge, ca. 1860-1861 Etching and drypoint on laid paper
James McNeill Whistler Jo's Bent Head, ca. 1880-1889 Drypoint on laid paper
James McNeill Whistler The Punt, 1861 Etching and drypoint on heavyweight wove paper
James McNeill Whistler Sketching, No. 1, 1861 Etching on heavyweight wove paper
James McNeill Whistler Chelsea Wharf, 1863 Etching and drypoint on Asian laid paper
James McNeill Whistler Amsterdam from the Tolhuis, after 1870 Etching and drypoint printed in brown ink on laid paper
James McNeill Whistler Weary, 1863 Drypoint on thin Asian laid paper
James McNeill Whistler "The Swan," Chelsea, ca. 1870 Etching printed in brown ink on thin laid paper
James McNeill Whistler Free Trade Wharf, ca. 1878 Etching and drypoint on laid paper
James McNeill Whistler St. James Street, London, ca. 1878 Etching on laid paper
James McNeill Whistler The Little Putney, No. 1, ca. 1879 Etching and drypoint printed in brown ink on wove paper
James McNeill Whistler The Little Putney, No. 2, ca. 1879 Etching printed in dark brown ink on buff chine collé
James McNeill Whistler Hurlingham, ca. 1878 Etching on laid paper
James McNeill Whistler Little Venice, ca. 1880 Etching on laid paper
James McNeill Whistler Nocturne, 1879-1880 Etching and drypoint printed in brown ink on laid paper
James McNeill Whistler Nocturne, ca. 1879 Etching printed from cancelled plate on laid paper
James McNeill Whistler The Little Lagoon, ca. 1879-1880 Etching and drypoint printed in brown ink on thin laid paper
James McNeill Whistler The Little Lagoon, ca. 1879-1880 Etching and drypoint printed in brown ink from the cancelled plate on laid paper
James McNeill Whistler The Little Lagoon, ca. 1879-1880 Etching and drypoint on laid paper mounted on board
James McNeill Whistler The Doorway, ca. 1879 Etching, drypoint, and roulette printed in dark brown ink on laid paper
James McNeill Whistler Two Doorways, ca. 1879-1880 Etching and drypoint printed in brown ink on laid paper
James McNeill Whistler The Beggars, ca. 1880 Etching and drypoint printed in brown ink on thin laid paper
James McNeill Whistler San Biagio, ca. 1880 Etching and drypoint printed in brown ink on laid paper
James McNeill Whistler San Giorgio, ca. 1879-1880 Etching on Asian laid paper
James McNeill Whistler The Long Lagoon, ca. 1880 Etching printed in brown ink on laid paper
James McNeill Whistler The Riva, No. 2, ca. 1880 Etching printed in brown ink on laid paper
James McNeill Whistler The Balcony, ca. 1879 Etching and drypoint printed in brown ink on laid paper
James McNeill Whistler Long Venice, ca. 1880 Etching and drypoint printed in brown ink on laid paper
James McNeill Whistler Nocturne Furnace, ca. 1880 Etching and drypoint printed in brown ink on laid paper
James McNeill Whistler Lobster Pots, ca. 1881 Etching printed in brown ink on laid paper
James McNeill Whistler A Street in London, 1885 Electrotype of etched plate on heavyweight wove paper
James McNeill Whistler Swan and Iris, ca. 1883 Etching on laid paper
James McNeill Whistler Railway Arch, ca. 1887-1892 Etching printed in brown ink on laid paper
James McNeill Whistler Steps, Gray’s Inn, ca. 1887-1892 Etching printed in brown ink on laid paper
James McNeill Whistler Salvation Army, Sandwich, ca. 1887-1892 Etching printed in dark brown ink on laid paper
James McNeill Whistler Rue de la Rochefoucault, ca. 1893 Etching printed in brown ink on Asian laid paper
James McNeill Whistler Nocturne, ca. 1878 Wash lithograph on blue tinted chine collé
James McNeill Whistler Old Battersea Bridge, 1878 Lithograph on chine collé on heavyweight wove paper
James McNeill Whistler Lindsay Row, Chelsea, ca. 1888 Transfer lithograph on laid paper
James McNeill Whistler Chelsea Rags, 1888 Transfer lithograph on cream laid paper
James McNeill Whistler The Suede Gloves (Les Gants de Suéde), 1890 Transfer lithograph on very thin Japan laid paper
James McNeill Whistler Maunder’s Fish Shop, 1890 Transfer lithograph on off-white laid paper
James McNeill Whistler Model Draping, 1890 Transfer lithograph on laid paper
James McNeill Whistler The Novel, Girl Reading, ca. 1890 Transfer lithograph on buff laid paper
James McNeill Whistler The Steps, Luxemburg Gardens, Paris, ca. 1893 Transfer lithograph on laid paper
James McNeill Whistler Draped Figure—Seated, 1893 Transfer lithograph from crayon, stump, and transfer paper on buff Japan laid paper
James McNeill Whistler Nude Model Reclining, 1893 Transfer lithograph; crayon and stump on grained transfer paper on antique off-white laid paper
James McNeill Whistler Nursemaids (Les Bonnes du Luxembourg), 1894 Transfer lithograph on wove paper
James McNeill Whistler Late Picquet, 1894 Transfer lithograph on buff laid paper
James McNeill Whistler The Priest’s House—Rouen, ca. 1894 Transfer lithograph on buff laid paper
James McNeill Whistler Girl with Bowl, ca. 1895 Transfer lithograph on laid paper
James McNeill Whistler The Smith’s Yard, ca. 1895 Transfer lithograph with buff tint stone on wove paper
James McNeill Whistler Firelight: Joseph Pennell (No. 1), 1896 Transfer lithograph on Fortuna laid paper
James McNeill Whistler Portrait of Thomas Way no. 2, 1896 Transfer lithograph on grey chine collé
James McNeill Whistler Savoy Pigeons, 1896 Transfer lithograph on laid paper
James McNeill Whistler Charing Cross Railway Bridge, 1896 Transfer lithograph on laid paper
James McNeill Whistler Little London, ca. 1896 Transfer lithograph on laid paper
James McNeill Whistler The Thames, 1896 Lithograph on wove paper
James McNeill Whistler St. Giles-in-the-Fields, ca. 1896 Transfer lithograph on laid paper
James McNeill Whistler Afternoon Tea, ca. 1893-1894 Transfer lithograph on heavyweight Japan laid paper
James McNeill Whistler Harmony in Flesh Color & Pink, ca. 1881-1892 Pen drawing on white laid paper
James McNeill Whistler Sketch for the Selection and Arrangement of Whistler’s First Venice Set, ca. 1879-1880 Pencil drawing on white laid paper
James McNeill Whistler The Japanese Dress, ca. 1888-1890 Pencil, black chalk, and pastel on brown paper laid down on card
Thomas Robert Way after James McNeill Whistler Portrait of Whistler’s Mother, late 19th century - early 20th century Lithograph
Paul-Adolphe Rajon after James McNeill Whistler Portrait of Whistler, 19th century Photolithograph after charcoal drawing
Henri Charles Guérard after James McNeill Whistler Portrait of Whistler after His Self-Portrait, Aged 20, 19th century Etching
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