Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Whistler, James

"Arrangement in Pink, Red and Purple"
oil on canvas
12.01 in. x 8.98 in.
Cincinnati Art Museum

James Abbott McNeill Whistler (1834-1903)
American-born, British-based artist.
Averse to sentimentality and moral allusion in painting, he was a leading proponent of the credo "art for art's sake".
His famous signature for his paintings was in the shape of a stylized butterfly possessing a long stinger for a tail.
The symbol was apt, for it combined both aspects of his personality—his art was characterized by a subtle delicacy, while his public persona was combative.