The delicate nature of his misty, evocative waterscapes belied the dynamic personality of James McNeill Whistler (1834-1903). The same artist who gave the world the sedate Arrangement in Grey and Black: Portrait of the Painter’s Mother (commonly known as Whistler’s Mother) (JAMA cover, February 1, 1965) himself favored the life of a bon vivant. Despite the seeming contradictions, he appeared steady in his conviction that art need not be laden with subtext but could exist only to breathe beauty to the world.
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