Tuesday, August 22, 2017

"Whistler Stop"

9 x 12"
oil on panel

I've talked a little bit about the artist James McNeill Whistler on this blog.  Of course his most famous painting is Whistler's Mother.

Whistler entered The White Girl in the Paris Salon in 1863 where it was rejected by the 'tradition-bound' jury.  Napoleon III held his own Salon des Refuses, an exhibition of artworks that had be rejected elsewhere.  It was hugely controversial - an exhibition for the avant-garde artists - how dare he.  The White Girl was met with severe public ridicule but his fellow artists and some critics loved it.  One art critic referred to it as a 'symphony in white' and Whistler loved that reference to music so much so he retitled a number of previous paintings - including The White Girl, renamed Symphony in White, No. 1.  Whistler went on to complete two more painting of women in white dresses titled Symphony in White, No. 2 and 3.

James Whistler continued with a more limited palette, like The White Girl and Self-Portrait (there on the left) and Arrangement in Grey and Black, No. 1, also known as Whistler's Mother.

From the National Gallery of Art in Washington DC, a woman viewing Whistler's Symphony in White, No. 1: The White Girl.

Please click here for a larger view.

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