Whistler: A Life for Art's Sake

Whistler: A Life for Art's Sake

By: Daniel E. Sutherland (author)Paperback

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A major new biography of James McNeill Whistler, one of most complex, intriguing, and important of America's artists This engaging personal history dispels the popular notion of James McNeill Whistler (1834-1903) as merely a combative, eccentric, and unrelenting publicity seeker. The Whistler revealed in these beautifully illustrated pages is an intense, introspective, and complex man, plagued by self-doubt and haunted by an endless pursuit of perfection in his painting and drawing. "[Sutherland] seeks to get behind the public Whistler . . . never judging or condescending to his subject. . . . The portrait of Whistler that emerges is complex and mysterious . . . a measured and scholarly account of an extraordinary life."--Ruth Scurr, Wall Street Journal "The first comprehensive biography of Whistler in at least a generation. . . . Sutherland skillfully captures Whistler's ambition, tenacity, and insecurity and presents his life in a narrative that does justice to both his triumphs and his failures."--Eleanor Jones Harvey, American Scholar

About Author

Daniel E. Sutherland is distinguished professor of history, University of Arkansas.

Product Details

  • ISBN13: 9780300232639
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 510
  • ID: 9780300232639
  • weight: 998
  • ISBN10: 0300232632

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