Whistler & Nature

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Whistler & Nature casts a new light on the work of the great late-Victorian master, James McNeill Whistler. Born in America, but living in the UK for most of his life, he was known as an artist with a bold personality and a revolutionary attitude towards the natural world.

Featuring around 90 paintings, sketches and prints, the exhibition examines how his family involvement in early 19th-century industry, and pursuit of a career in the US military, shaped his knowledge of observational drawing and influenced his artistic style. It also looks afresh at his work in the context of attitudes to landscape in British art and design. Whistler’s smoky images of warehouses, harbours and industrial scenes were designed to showcase a new kind of productive, wealth-generating landscape for the modern Victorian age.

Exhibition developed by Compton Verney, in partnership with The Hunterian, University of Glasgow.

 

Image:

James McNeill Whistler, Nocturne, 1875 – 1877

© The Hunterian, University of Glasgow

 

The Fitzwilliam Museum
Trumpington Street
CB2 1RB Cambridge
United kingdom
+44 (0)1223 332900
http://www.fitzmuseum.cam.ac.uk/calendar/whatson/whistl...

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Whistler & Nature The Fitzwilliam Museum Main address: The Fitzwilliam Museum Trumpington Street CB2 1RB Cambridge, United kingdom The Fitzwilliam Museum Trumpington Street CB2 1RB Cambridge, United kingdom Whistler & Nature casts a new light on the work of the great late-Victorian master, James McNeill Whistler. Born in America, but living in the UK for most of his life, he was known as an artist with a bold personality and a revolutionary attitude towards the natural world.

Featuring around 90 paintings, sketches and prints, the exhibition examines how his family involvement in early 19th-century industry, and pursuit of a career in the US military, shaped his knowledge of observational drawing and influenced his artistic style. It also looks afresh at his work in the context of attitudes to landscape in British art and design. Whistler’s smoky images of warehouses, harbours and industrial scenes were designed to showcase a new kind of productive, wealth-generating landscape for the modern Victorian age.

Exhibition developed by Compton Verney, in partnership with The Hunterian, University of Glasgow.

 

Image:

James McNeill Whistler, Nocturne, 1875 – 1877

© The Hunterian, University of Glasgow

 
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