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Whistler's Venice (Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art) Hardcover – November 10, 2000

ISBN-13: 978-0300084498 ISBN-10: 0300084498 Edition: 1ST

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Product Details

  • Series: Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in Britis
  • Hardcover: 216 pages
  • Publisher: Yale University Press; 1ST edition (November 10, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0300084498
  • ISBN-13: 978-0300084498
  • Product Dimensions: 11.6 x 10 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,189,693 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Planning a brief stay in Venice to create twelve commissioned etchings, Whistler became enchanted with the beauty of the city in 1879 and remained there for more than a year. He worked in all areas of the city, producing about fifty etchings, a few oils, and, most remarkably, one hundred pastels. This beautifully illustrated book is the first to follow Whistler's progress through Venice as he made his powerful and evocative portraits of the city. Alongside each of Whistler's etchings, pastels, and oils are photographs of the actual sites where he made them. Alastair Grieve's detailed comparisons of Whistler's works and their corresponding sites reveal much about the artist's methods and techniques, about the changing fabric of the city, and about Whistler's genius as a topographical artist. Grieve also compares Whistler's approach with that of other artists and photographers working in Venice at the same time.Whistler arrived in Venice bankrupt in the wake of a sensational libel trial against John Ruskin in London. Venice proved both restorative and transforming for Whistler-it released a flood of creativity that enabled him to reestablish his finances, his reputation, and to a degree his personal life. His representations of well-known landmarks, including the church of Santa Maria della Salute and the Rialto Bridge, as well as many minor courts, alleys, and back canals, established a new and original iconography of the city. Upon his return to London, Whistler exhibited his Venice works and gradually reassumed a leading place in the Victorian art avant-garde.

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Alastair Grieve is reader in the history of art at the University of East Anglia, Norwich, England.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By V. Alejandra on September 1, 2007
Format: Hardcover
it is a really beautiful book, it contains the pastels and the etchings that made Whistler in Venice, next to the photographies of the site real. the illustrations are gorgeous, of quality, as they are used to being the books of Yale. VERY BUENO
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This is a really wonderful book and very helpful for everyone who knows and loves Venice. I discovered Whistler for me at the exhibition "VENICE. From Canaletto and Turner to Monet" at Basle and are very happy to having found this book. Whistler used the right technique. Chalk and pastel on brown paper: the ideal material for that fascinating and morbid city. Also the etchings are excellent. The book is designed with great love and the idea to replenish Whistler's works with contemporary photos is brilliant. I love this book and would like to thank the authors for their outstanding work.
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By LynneW on April 7, 2013
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This book was recommended to me by another artist and I have to say, I love the drawings. I have never really looked at Whistler but these are really nice.
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