Whistler: A Retrospective

Robin Spencer, Other Hugh Lauter Levin Associates $75 (378p) ISBN 978-0-88363-689-3
With a style as cosmopolitan and eccentric as his own personality, James Abbott McNeill Whistler, an American in London, set the Victorian art world reeling with pre-modernist studies and impressionist nocturnes. Compiled by Scottish art historian Spencer, this valuable collage of writings about (and by) Whistler--letters, memoirs, reviews, diary extracts, essays--reveals that this feverishly productive expatriate has been periodically written off as an aesthetestyle change! hooray!/I like it too.gs or a decorator. Yet this gloriously illustrated album, with 237 plates (half in color), profiles a genius of constant invention who switched fluidly between etching, painting, watercolor and lithography, and whose best works are ``modern'' in their daring originality and lyricism. (Nov.)
Reviewed on: 01/01/1989
Release date: 01/01/1989
Hardcover - 144 pages - 978-0-517-01506-3
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