James McNeill Whistler
Chelsea in Ice, 1864
Oil on canvas, 17 3/4 x 24 in.
The Lunder Collection
Whistler in the World: The Lunder Collection of James McNeill Whistler at the Colby College Museum of Art
September 15, 2015 - January 10, 2016
UPPER JETTÉ GALLERIES
In his "Ten O'Clock Lecture" in 1885, the American James McNeill Whistler (1834-1903) presented himself as an artist set apart from the public, bearing no relation to the historical moment he lived in. However, the myth of artistic independence that Whistler developed was but one part of a complex and highly significant relationship he had with the world around him. As a painter, printmaker, designer, traveller, and performer, Whistler engaged with a variety of places, people, and ideas that stretched from the United States to London, Venice, and Japan. Drawn entirely from the renowned Lunder Collection, this comprehensive exhibition will place nearly one hundred featured art works, including the finest examples of his prints, into a dynamic international and cosmopolitan context. The exhibition and its accompanying catalogue will explore how his art and identity were impacted and shaped by the encounters he had as he traversed the global art worlds of the nineteenth century.