7th grade research (James Abbott McNeill Whistler)

      James McNeill Whistler was an artist from Lowell Massachusetts and was born on July 11th, 1834. He was married to Beatrice Whistler and they had a son named John Alexander. His parents names were Anna McNeill Whistler and George Washington Whistler, they had another son who was named William Whistler. James McNeill influenced John Singer Sargent who was also an American artist from England. Whistler was a British based artist, his famous signature for his paintings was in the shape of a stylized butterfly possessing a long stinger for a tail. He died on July 17th, 1903 in London, England at the age of 77.  I found that James McNeill Whistler was the most interesting artist from all the other artists.James Whistler was educated in St. Petersburg, Russia, then attended the United States Military Academy at West Point. He continued to establish his art in Paris and London, but his well-known and best masterpiece was “Whistler's Mother.”  He specialized in landscapes and portraits, stylistically he is often worked with Claude Monet and Auguste Renoir he was not exactly part of the movement. His 1890 collection of letters and essays was titled The Gentle Art of Making Enemies. James Abbott McNeill Whistler was a well devoted artist. With that his devotion to overall harmony brought him to design furniture and exterior design. He was also an illustrious printmaker. James became a central figure in the Aesthetic movement from  the philosophy of “art for art’s sake.” His famous paintings take a couple days or even more, he takes one or two days to do the painting and one day to finish it. James said that an artist is a knowledge gained through a lifetime. His art has influenced many other artists that have now gotten famous and thank him for all he has done.

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