Whistler paintings came from the career of famous American painter James Abbott McNeill Whistler whose career spanned the second half of the 19th century and he can be seen as one of the most important of early American artists. This website is devoted in it's entirety to Whistler paintings and also looks further into the overall life and career of James Abbott McNeill Whistler.
Whistler's mother is the most famous painting from this artist and you can see that below, along with links to where you can buy your own copy to add to your home or office wall. Whistler's Mother is also sometimes referred to as Arrangement in Grey and Black: The Artist's Mother and came about in 1871. Those interested in seeing the original can find it on display at the Musée d'Orsay in Paris.
Whistler paintings are typically oil on canvas as was common for this period. Whistler's style is generally referred to as Tonalism, of which he was the founder. This movement generally concerns a style of landscape painting but Whistler also produced paintings of other topics, as seen with the Artist's Mother above which is a portrait painting.
The success of Whistler is shown, in part, by the impressive list of creative Americans whom are believed to have taken in elements of his style in their own, having following on afterwards. These include the other tonalists who joined the art movement which he himself set up as well as the American impressionists plus notable painters William Merritt Chase and John Singer Sargent.
Self Portrait is an interesting painting which allows us to visually see the artists through his own eyes. Self portraits have always been highly valuable to art historians who can use them as a way of learning more about the artist himself and his own personal mood at the time that each one was produced. Van Gogh was best known for this as he had a highly turbulent character and also created many self portraits right across his career.
The tonalism style of Whistler which bears similarities to the French Barbizon style as well as many of the works of British Romanticist painter, JMW Turner, and this approach has proven extremely popular in recent years with it's emotional skies proving to be to many people's taste. Sadly for Whistler the tonalists were forgotten about amidst the rise of the impressionists, but many still are well aware of the career of this skilled American painter.
Nocturne In Black and Gold can be seen above and is a charming landscape painting which serves well to best sum up the frequent style of this artist. Whistler spent a lot of his time living in the UK and as such many of his landscapes were of locations around the south of England, including London and Haystings, to name just two.
There were several Nocturnes in the major works of Whistler and these best show off his use of tonalism where mood and shadow played exaggerated roles with each painting. JMW Turner's Fighting Temeraire is another good example of where slighly blurred characteristics to a landscape scene can help a viewer focus on the wonderful array of colour that has less distraction from trying to define clear objects.
Snow In Chelsea is one of his UK-based paintings and ranks amongst his best. Besides the south of England, the painter also travelled to several other European countries is the pursuit of suitable locations for his landscape art works. These included Venice as well as several parts of France. Venice has long since been a key venue for thousands of professional and amateur artists.
Whistler paintings are amongst the most reproduced of any American artist from the 19th century and the links provided within this website offer you the chance to buy copies of Whistler originals from Art.com's comprehensive Whistler gallery, where prints, posters and stretched canvases are all available at competitive prices. We personally use them for our own art prints, and find framed finishes offer the best look.
List of Famous Whistler Paintings
Please see below for a summarised list of the best Klee paintings that are featured throughout this website.
- Portrait of the Artist's Mother
- Arrangement in Grey and Black
- Self Portrait