Jan
15

Today in Smithsonian History: January 15, 1924

"The Balcony" by James McNeill Whistler (1834 - 1903), etching on paper 1879 - 1880. Gift of Charles Lang Freer.

“The Balcony” by James McNeill Whistler (1834 – 1903), etching on paper 1879 – 1880. Gift of Charles Lang Freer.

January 15, 1924 A special exhibition of etchings and lithographs by James McNeill Whistler opens at the Freer Gallery of Art. According to a contemporary review,  “Additional water-colors and pastels by Whistler have also been placed on view, thus affording, together with the paintings already hung, a comprehensive showing of Whistler’s work.”

Whistler (1834-1903) was a leading proponent of “art for art’s sake.” His best known painting is the iconic and often parodied “Whistler’s Mother.” Whistler had great influence on the art world and broader culture of his time with his artistic theories and his friendships with leading artists and writers.


Posted: 15 January 2017
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