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March | Wed 27th | 18:00

Gail-Nina Anderson Lecture Series - James Whistler 2/3 £4

2. Whistler and the Aesthetic Movement in British Art

Whistler’s most controversial work chimed with, and helped promote, a new attitude to art, where Victorian notions of approved, readily-explicable subject-matter were overturned by the idea that the viewer’s own sensibilities might attune them to a finer appreciation of non-narrative imagery. Brushwork, subtle tonalities and evanescent artistic evocations became the marks of this refinement – and unsurprisingly, it also engendered publicity, ridicule and scandal. Whistler showed at the first exhibition of the Grosvenor Gallery, established as an Aesthetic rival to the RoyalAcademy, and ended up going to court against John Ruskin, the leading art critic of the day. This lecture looks at the Aesthetic Movement and Whistler’s role within it.

The final lecture is:

Wednesday 3rd April - 3. Whistler and the Impressionists  £4

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