James McNeill Whistler - The Gentle Art of Making Enemies, 1890

James McNeill Whistler (Lowell, Massachusetts, 1834 - 1903, London)

The Gentle Art of Making Enemies, 1890

Printed ink on paper, 26 x 20.5 cm (10 1/4 x 8 1/16 in.) closed

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Object details

Accession number

10.b.3.18

Creators

  • James McNeill Whistler (Lowell, Massachusetts, 1834 - 1903, London) - author
  • William Heinemann (Surbiton, Surrey, 1863 - 1920, London) - publisher

Language

English

Provenance

Probably acquired by Isabella Stewart Gardner from James McNeill Whistler by 1906.

Marks

Dedicated and signed in ink (frontispiece): Isabella S. Gardner [with butterfly signature]
Enclosed: Two letters from James McNeill Whistler

Bibliography

Isabella Stewart Gardner. A Choice of Books from the Library of Isabella Stewart Gardner, Fenway Court (Boston, 1906), p. 70.


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Commentary

By the late 1880s, James McNeill Whistler had recovered from his court case with the critic John Ruskin (see Whistler v. Ruskin: Art & Art Critics on the opposite wall) and renewed his creative energies, which included art criticism. The Gentle Art of Making Enemies (1890) assembles his comprehensive perspective upon and hopes for modern art, as well as his acerbic responses to the critical press.

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