7th Grade Research (James Abbcott McNeill Whistler)

James Abbott Mcneill Whistler had a very good life. He was born on July 10th 1834 in Lowell Massachusetts, U.S. James was his parents first son. His dad was George Washington Whistler and his mom was Anna Matilda Mcneill. Anna was George second wife. He died July 17th 1903 at the age of 69 in London, England, UK. He was an american born british based artist during the American Gilded Age. He was averse to sentimentality and moral allusion in painting, and was a leading proponent of the credo art for art’s sake. He was educated at United states Military Academy, West Point, New York. His paintings famous signature for was in the shape of a stylized butterfly possessing a long stinger for a tail. It was apt, for it combined both the aspects of his personality and that his art was characterized by a subtle delicacy, while his public persona was combative. Finding a parallel between painting and music, he entitled most of his paintings arrangements, harmonies, and nocturnes, emphasizing the primacy of tonal harmony. He was known for painting and some of his notable work was Whistler’s Mother. He is a founder of Tonalism. His most famous painting was “Arrangement in Grey and Black No. 1” also known as Whistler’s Mother the revered and oft-parodied portrait of motherhood. He has three achievement that are, in 1884 he was elected honorary member of royal Academy of Fine Arts, Munich, Bavaria, Germany. His second was in 1892, he was made an officer of the Légion d'honneur in France. In 1898 he was charactered member and first president of International Society of Sculptors, Painters, and Gravers. Whistler influenced the world of art and the broader culture of his time with his artistic theories and his friendships with leading artists and writers.

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