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Whistler: Departing from Tradition in Making Art

Evening Lecture/Seminar

Wednesday, October 5, 2022 - 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. ET
Code: 1H0719
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Symphony in White, No. 1: The White Girl, by James Abbott McNeill Whistler, 1862

James Abbott McNeill Whistler (1834–1903) is widely regarded as one of the early 20th century’s most important artists. Often seen as a forerunner of post-Impressionism, he is celebrated for his bold and innovative style in a variety of media from painting in oil to watercolors and etchings. His artistic ideals were thoroughly informed by the Aesthetic movement and its emphasis on refinement, subtlety, and belief in the autonomy of art. Whistler’s admiration for Asian art informed his experimentation with abstract color and composition. He also departed from traditional representation to work with visual arrangements and color harmonies that correspond to those in music.

Art historian Aneta Georgievska Shine takes a close look at how these ideals were expressed in his work—whether in subtle tonal landscapes, or in his portrayal of women.

World Art History Certificate elective: Earn 1/2 credit*

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