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J. A. M. Whistler

Artist
Joseph Edgar Boehm, 1834 - 1890
Sitter
James Abbott McNeill Whistler, 11 Jul 1834 - 17 Jul 1903
Date
1872
Type
Sculpture
Medium
Terra cotta
Dimensions
With Socle: 68.6 x 43.2 x 25.4cm (27 x 17 x 10")
Credit Line
National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution; transfer from the National Gallery of Art; bequest of Albert E. Gallatin, 1952
Object number
NPG.65.74
Exhibition Label
An innovative painter, designer, and printmaker, James McNeill Whistler frequently identified his landscapes and portraits as "symphonies," "nocturnes," and "arrangements," demonstrating his interest in atmosphere, color, and line. Though often neglected in his native United States, Whistler was lionized by the avant-garde of Europe, and his most productive years were spent in London and Paris. The artist's wit and self-fashioning further heightened his celebrity.
Joseph Edgar Boehm sculpted this bust in 1872, the year in which Whistler exhibited his now-famous Arrangement in Grey and Black: Portrait of the Artist's Mother at the Royal Academy in London.
Provenance
Albert E. Gallatin [1881-1952]; bequeathed to the National Gallery of Art 1952; transferred to NPG 1965
Data Source
National Portrait Gallery
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Exhibition
American Origins
On View
NPG, East Gallery 131