James Whistler

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JAMES WHISTLER ~ A SYMPHONY OF COLORS

Nocturne in Black and Gold: The Falling Rocket (1875) James Abbott McNeill Whistler Whistler was interested in the relationship between music and paintings and often called his paintings nocturnes, symphonies, or harmonies.

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JAMES WHISTLER ~ THE POETRY OF SIGHT

Symphony in White (1865) by James Whistler Whistler painted his lover Joanna Hiffernan. This painting shows her beautiful profile while reflected in the mirror. The white of the dress is the dominant color in this painting. Joanna has been Whistler’s lover for seven years, then she met his friend, the artist Courbet and became his lover. “Just like music is the poetry of sound, painting is the poetry of sight, and this has nothing to do with a harmony of sound or color” James Abbot Whistler

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