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- Whistler - Masterpieces in Colour Series
- T. Martin Wood
- 14 August 2015 T. Martin Wood
[EPUB] ✼ Whistler - Masterpieces in Colour Series By T. Martin Wood – Thomashillier.co.uk At the time when Rossetti and his circle were foregathering chiefly at Rossetti’s house uiet Chelsea scarcely knew how daily were associations added which will always cluster round her name Whistler At the time Masterpieces in Kindle Ï when Rossetti and his circle were foregathering chiefly at Rossetti’s house uiet Chelsea scarcely knew how daily were associations added Whistler - ePUB ½ which will always cluster round her name Whistler’s share in those associations is very large and he has left in his paintings the memory of many a night as he returned beside the river Before Whistler painted it night was opaue than it is now It had been viewed only through the window of tradition It was left for a man of the world coming out of an artificial London room to paint its stillness and also to show us that we ourselves had made night beautiful with ghostly silver and gold; and to tell us that the dark bridges that sweep into it do not interrupt—that we cannot interrupt the music of natureThe figure of Whistler emerges with his extreme concern as to his appearance his careful choice of clothes his hair so carefully arranged He had uite made up his mind as to the part he intended to play and the light in which he wished to be regarded He had a dual personality Himself as he really was and the personality which he put forward as himself In a sense he never went anywhere unaccompanied; he was followed and watched by another self that would perhaps have been happier at home Tiring of this he would disappear from society for a time Other men’s ringlets fall into their places accidentally—so it might be with the young Disraeli Other men’s clothes have seemed characteristic without any of this elaborate pose He chose his clothes with a view to their being characteristic which is rather different and less interesting than the fact of their becoming so because he Whistler wore them Other men are dandies with little conception of the grace of their part; with Whistler a supreme artist stepped into the uestion He designed himself Nor had he the illusions of vanity but a groundwork of philosophy upon which every detail of his personal life was part of an elaborate and delicately designed structure his art the turret of it all from which he saw over the heads of others There is no contradiction between the dandy and his splendid art He lived as exuisitely and carefully as he painted Literary culture merely in his case was not great perhaps yet he could be called one of the most cultured figures of his time In every direction he marked the path of his mind with fastidious borders And it is interesting that he should have painted the greatest portrait of Carlyle who we will say represented in English literature Goethe’s philosophy of culture which if it has an echo in the plastic arts has it in the work of Whistler In his “Heretics” Mr G K Chesterton condemned Whistler for going in for the art of living—I think he says the miserable art of living—I have not seen the book for a long time but surely the fact that Whistler was than a private workman that his temperament had energy enough to turn from the ardours of his work to live this other part of life—indicates extraordinary vitality rather than any weakness Whistler was never weak he came very early to an understanding of his limitations and well within those limitations took his stand Because of this his art was perfect In it he declined to dissipate his energy in any but its natural way In that way he is as supreme as any master Attacked from another point his whole art seems but a cobweb of beautiful ingenuity—sustained by evasions Whistler one thinks would have been eually happy and meteorically successful in any profession; one can imagine what an enlivening personality his would have been in a Parliamentary debate and how fascinating Any public would have suited him Art was just an accident coming on the top of many other gifts.