Friday, October 12, 2012

Friday Feature: Whistler

Nocturne in Black and Gold: The Falling Rocket by Whistler
Another dead artist to light at candle for:
James Abbott Whistler.  

One of the first artists to proclaim that the purpose of art was simply, "art for art's sake" Whistler wanted for art to not be a slave to reality but to "bring forth from chaos glorious harmony."  His work gives a delicate sense of atmosphere making him an influential 'pre-impressionist.'  

Rather like shit, Whistler declared...
"Art happens- 
no hovel is safe from it,
no prince can depend on it,
the vastest intelligence cannot bring it about."

Venetian Scene by Whistler

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