A. Original colour lithograph from "Twelve Portraits"
by William Heinemann, London 1899.
Presented in 16 x 20 in. acid free, archival museum mat, with framing
labels. Ready to frame. Shipped boxed flat via Fedex.
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James McNeill Whistler (1834-1903)
was an American artist, wit and society figure, who lived for most
of his life in London and Paris. He trained as an artist in Paris
in the studio of Charles Gleyre but his early work was inspired
by the paintings of the Realist painter Gustave Courbet and by the
work of older masters such as Velázquez, Rembrandt, and Thomas Gainsborough.
Later he absorbed the influences of Japanese and classical art to
create works that were decorative and virtually subjectless. He
was one of the central figures in the Aesthetic Movement. He was
a man who liked to live his life in the public eye and was very
concerned about his personal appearance and the critical reception
of his paintings. (www.mr-whistlers-art.info/)
"One of the two most famous portraits in William Nicholson's
oeuvre and an icon amongst portraits of Whistler. Along with this
portrait of Whistler it was his study of Queen
Victoria which first made him famous.
Nicholson did this image just after his
association with James Pryde as The Beggarstaff
Brothers had come to an end. But his revolutionary approach to design
which marked the Beggarstaff posters, found further expression in
the small-scale woodcuts on which he then concentrated.
William Nicholson's woodblock prints of the 1890's were amongst
the most revolutionary British print images of the era. They used
a treatment of form, with a stylized simplification of shape, and
a handling of perspective and picture space which had had no precedent
in British art. Influences of Japanese art, and a parallel thinking
to, if not a direct knowledge of, the ideas of Toulouse Lautrec
and of the Nabis painters in Paris at the same period can certainly
be felt, although there is no record that Nicholson had actually
studied either at this date." (Weston)