James McNeill Whistler

Whistler at Hall of Fame


Whistler (July 10, 1834-July 17, 1903) is most famous for his 1871 painting of his mother - but since he was averse to sentimentality and fond of analogies with music, he entitled it Arrangement in Grey and Black No. 1.

Further readings

I maintain that two and two would continue to make four, in spite of the whine of the amateur for three, or the cry of the critic for five.

You shouldn't say it is not good. You should say, you do not like it; and then, you know, you're perfectly safe.

To say of a picture, as is often said in its praise, that it shows great and earnest labour, is to say that it is incomplete and unfit for view.

It takes a long time for a man to look like his portrait.

An artist's career always begins tomorrow.