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

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(Lowell, Massachusetts, 1834 - 1903, London)

Object details

Accession number

10.b.3.18

Creators

Full title

The Gentle Art of Making Enemies

Creation Date

1890

Language

English

Binding Description

quarter-bound in yellow cloth; gilded stamped lettering and butterfly on cover; black stamped lettering on spine

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

Dimensions

26 x 20.5 cm (10 1/4 x 8 1/16 in.)

Display Media

Printed ink on paper

Web 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.

Permanent Gallery Location

Blue Room

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.