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James McNeill Whistler at the Freer Gallery of Art Paperback – Jun 1984

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  • Paperback
  • Publisher: Freer Gallery of Art (Jun. 1984)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 093468653X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0934686532
  • Product Dimensions: 31.8 x 22.9 x 1.3 cm

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Shows a selection of Whistler's drawings, pastels, watercolors, and paintings and discusses the artist's life and career. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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One of the best Whistler books 28 Dec. 2005
By David Kasman - Published on Amazon.com
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This is one of the best books on Whistler. It contains a large number of high quality color and B&W photos of his oils, watercolors and drawings. The works depicted and discussed are all from the Freer Gallery, but related works in other collections are sometimes shown in small B&W images. The text is informed and comprehensive. One note, the color image on page 127 of "Nocturne: Silver and Opal-Chelsea" is upside down! Otherwise, the book is accurate and carefully produced. Highly recomended for Whistler fans.

AN IMPORTANT NOTE ABOUT MY ART BOOK REVIEWS: It might seem as though I rate most art books very favorably. The reason for this is that I usually visit my local library before buying a book. I'll look at all (in print and out of print) of the Rembrandt (for example) books and choose my favorite one to purchase. In the case of an artist's monograph, I try to choose one or two comprehensive books for each artist. These are generally large, well illustrated hardcovers with above average reproduction quality and informative text, often by one of the leading scholars on the artist. Thus, by the time I purchase a book, I have already found it to be among the best available on the subject.
Five Stars 15 May 2015
By T. Lawrence - Published on Amazon.com
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A unique artist and gentleman - the book is lovely.
2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Great summary book 6 Feb. 2013
By an open mind - Published on Amazon.com
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Whistler was a hustler-artist. Some of his work is stunning, some is "mailed-in" junk. The Freer in DC has a very good collection of his work, including the "peacock Room." Living nearby, work is familiar and exciting. The book is an excellent review of Whistler as a man. Not much flattery. not fluff. The bok is filed with examples, but the plates canbnot capture the work. I am not sure Monet ever turned out a bad work. WHistler did, but they are not at the Freer Gallery, one of DC's great places on the mall. I recommend the book for those interested in Whistler as a businessman and artist - and for a view into the art mania of the Golden Age.
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