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é Read ñ James McNeill Whistler: Beyond the Myth by Ronald Anderson ß Exhaustive and, at times, exhausting biography of Whistler Bought it initially just to glean info about Whistler s links with Liverpool but ended up reading it cover to cover Glad I did as it gave me an excellent insight into this largely forgotten Victorian artist and has made me keen to see for real examples of his work when next I visit London.
Great I gained a new respect for Whistler as a person and artist from reading this book The book examines the life that carved out a maverick in a hostile art world that did not welcome change My pre reading belief was thathe was a pompous dandy After reading I revere him At times a lion, at times insecure but always fascinating A well written progression from family background, education and through his ascension as a major player and respected artist It held my attention and painted a clear picture of his uncompromising beliefs and influence on different media His battles and lawsuits are delineated From Ruskin s libelous insult, to Leyland s Peacock room suit He left Whistler unsupervised to paint a room in his house Ha Ha , bruising Sickert s ego at the Pennell trial, and suing to stop his own letters from being published without his consent He was beaten ripped off, loved and hated
A biography about an artist legend But, way too long Whistler was indeed a character who seemed to never get along with anybody after a time The author must have included every mention of Whistler he came across in his research Numerous and numerous letters to and from Whistler and numerous long quotes from newspapers and literary magazines Whistler was easily and very often offended by his contemporaries, some who were dear friends before the perceived insult Whistler would respond and often initiate the imbroglio by writing long letters to the editors And, often he would sue the person whom he felt insulted him I won t go on I just think the book would have been an easier read, by that I mean less boring, if it were condensed We don t need the long and repetitive details which blur in memory.
The Myth Perpetuated Throughout Whistler S Life Of A Witty, Irascible Dandy Endlessly Feuding With The Establishment Or Anyone Else Who Stood In His Way Clouds The Real Extent Of His Artistic Achievement Now, For The First Time Ever, And To Mark A Major Exhibition Of His Work At The Tate Gallery In October, His Art And Life Are Brought Together To Recreate The Extraordinary Career Of The Man Behind That Myth From A Youth In Tsarist Russia And An American Military Training At West Point To A Bohemian Lifestyle In S Paris, Whistler Went On To Embody The Image Of The Cosmopolitan Artist His Friendships With Courbet, Fantin Latour, Rossetti, Millais, Manet, Monet, Degas, Baudelaire, Swinburne, Wilde And Mallarme Mark Him Out As A Crucial Player In The Larger Art Movements Of The Nineteenth Century, And A Pivotal Figure Between The British And French Art Scenes The Many Strands That Make Up Whistler S Personality Form A Complex And Intriguing Individual Who Sought To Uphold A Public Persona Often At Variance With His Private Self His Life Reflected The Title Of His Only Book, The Gentle Art Of Making Enemies, Most Notably In His Libel Suit Against Ruskin Plagued By Doubts About His Work, His Sensitivity Made Him Temperamental He Was Often At Odds With His Family, And Was Rarely Seen Without A Beautiful Woman On His Arm, Until In His Fifties He Found Happiness In A Tragically Short Lived Marriage To Beatrice Godwin By Examining Whistler S Life And Work, Together With The Impact His Followers, Collectors And Friends Made On His Reputation After His Death, Anderson And Koval Show This Most Controversial And Colourful Artist To Be One Of The Most Remarkable Men Of His Age