2015年6月23日 星期二

James McNeill Whistler


James McNeil Whistler’s "Symphony in White, No. 1: The White Girl" radically anticipates some of the themes of modern art in the way the artist carefully balanced a realistic treatment of his subject with attention to the formal qualities of the composition. Whistler added the first half of the title, a reference to the predominantly white palette, in the early 1870’s to reinforce his view of "The White Girl" as a formalist aesthetic statement rather than a traditional portrait.
James McNeill Whistler, "Symphony in White, No. 1: The White Girl," 1862, oil on canvas

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