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1. Whistler – from Realist to Aesthete
As an American artist at home in the rapidly changing art worlds of both London and Paris, Whistler occupies a unique place in the world of 19th century art. A dandy, a self-promoter and a pioneer of exhibition design, his active awareness of radical changes in the style, content and dissemination of art puts him at the cutting edge of a modern outlook, while his refined visual and technical sensibilities produced an oeuvre of prints, paintings and drawings that range across contemporary preoccupations with the limits of naturalism and an almost abstract emphasis on line and colour for their own sake. This talk gives an outline of Whistler’s career and suggests why his art and attitude were so radical at the time.
The two subsequent James Whistler lectures are as follows:
Wednesday 27th March - 2. Whistler and the Aesthetic Movement in British Art £4
Wednesday 3rd April - 3. Whistler and the Impressionists £4
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