James Mcneill Whistler

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James Abbott McNeill Whistler (July 11, 1834 – July 17, 1903) was an American-born, British-based artist. Averse to sentimentality and moral allusion in painting, he was a leading proponent of the credo, "art for art's sake". His famous signature for his paintings was in the shape of a stylized butterfly possessing a long stinger for a tail. The symbol was apt, for it combined both ... more »

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  • ''To say of a picture, as is often said in its praise, that it shows great and earnest labour, is to say that it is incomplete and unfit for view.''
    James Mcneill Whistler (1834-1903), U.S. artist. "Propositions no. 2," The Gentle Art of Making Enemies (1890).
  • ''You should not say it is not good. You should say you do not like it; and then, you know, you're perfectly safe.''
    James Mcneill Whistler (1834-1903), U.S. artist. Quoted in D.C. Seitz, Whistler Stories (1913).
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