Some Whistler While You Work!

Whistlers_Mother_high_resToday marks the birthday of James Abbott McNeill Whistler (1834).  This American painter’s most famous piece was “Arrangement in Grey and Black No. 1” (1871), more commonly known as Whistler’s Mother (pictured here).  And while he was born in the U.S. (Lowell, Massachusetts), he was educated in St. Petersburg, Russia, then attended the United States Military Academy at West Point. He ultimately established himself as a painter in Paris and London,  Whistler had a rather distinctive signature . . . a stylized butterfly with a long stinger for a tail.  Whistler was able to garner several worldwide awards/honors during his life:

  • was elected as an honorary member of the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Munich (1884)
  • was made an officer of the Légion d’honneur in France (1892)
  • became a charter member and first president, International Society of Sculptors, Painters and Gravers (1898)
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