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James Abbott McNeill Whistler

American Painter

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Born: July 11, 1834 - Lowell, Massachusetts

Died: July 17, 1903 - London, England

"To say to the painter that Nature is to be taken as she is, is to say to the player that he may sit on the piano."

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One of the most significant figures in American art and a forerunner of the Post-Impressionist movement, James Abbott McNeill Whistler is celebrated for his innovative painting style and eccentric personality. He was bold and self-assured, and quickly developed a reputation for his verbal and legal retaliations against art critics, dealers, and artists who insulted his work. His paintings, etchings, and pastels epitomize the modern penchant for creating "art for art's sake," an axiom celebrated by Whistler and others in the Aesthetic movement. They also represent one of the earliest shifts from traditional representational art to abstraction that is at the heart of much of modern art.

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