Whistler: A Life for Art's Sake

Author(s): Daniel E. Sutherland


A major new biography of James McNeill Whistler, one of most complex, intriguing, and important of America's artists This engaging personal history dispels the popular notion of James McNeill Whistler (1834-1903) as merely a combative, eccentric, and unrelenting publicity seeker. The Whistler revealed in these beautifully illustrated pages is an intense, introspective, and complex man, plagued by self-doubt and haunted by an endless pursuit of perfection in his painting and drawing. "[Sutherland] seeks to get behind the public Whistler . . . never judging or condescending to his subject. . . . The portrait of Whistler that emerges is complex and mysterious . . . a measured and scholarly account of an extraordinary life."-Ruth Scurr, Wall Street Journal "The first comprehensive biography of Whistler in at least a generation. . . . Sutherland skillfully captures Whistler's ambition, tenacity, and insecurity and presents his life in a narrative that does justice to both his triumphs and his failures."-Eleanor Jones Harvey, American Scholar


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Daniel E. Sutherland is distinguished professor of history, University of Arkansas.

General Fields

  • : 9780300232639
  • : Yale University Press
  • : Yale University Press
  • : March 2018
  • : 233mm X 156mm
  • : United States
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Daniel E. Sutherland
  • : Paperback
  • : 759.13
  • : 510
  • : 107 color + b-w illus.