From Library Journal
Whistler, best known in his lifetime for his controversial nocturnes, harmonies, and arrangements in paint, also created numerous pastels. Robert H. Getscher (art, John Carroll Univ.) has compiled a handsome collection of Whistler's pastels; the major focus is pastels executed in 1879-80 while Whistler was in Venice preparing for a London exhibit in 1881. Getscher's introduction briefly outlines Whistler's life and his unique approach to pastels as he developed and improved his skills. Extensive notes and commentary accompany 65 color images, many never before reproduced. Getscher's text is insightful, authoritative, and well documented; he includes reviews of the 1881 exhibit, thus providing insight into the critical environment of Whistler's time. This is a book for art lovers as well as scholars.- Douglas G. Campbell, George Fox Coll., Newberg, Ore.
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