Antony Clayton will give an illustrated talk about one of the greatest artists of the Victorian London scene.
Painter, printmaker, teacher, critic, polemicist, flamboyant dandy, acerbic wit, ebullient self-publicist, irascible litigant and a serious artist of considerable refinement, James McNeill Whistler (1834-1903) was one of the most controversial figures in the London art world of the late-Victorian period.
Educated in the Parisian studio of Charles Gleyre and influenced by Japanese art and design, Whistler spent many of his most productive years in Chelsea, capturing crepuscular atmospheric effects on the Thames and producing some of his most memorable portraits.
His distinctive Nocturnes, Arrangements, Symphonies and Harmonies verged on abstraction and challenged the orthodox Victorian belief in the primacy of subject matter, so much so, that John Ruskin famously accused him of, “flinging a pot of paint in the public’s face”.
Many writers of the time, such as Baudelaire, Mallarmé, Verlaine, Swinburne and Oscar Wilde, were fascinated by his work, although he often fell out with friends and admirers.
Antony Clayton is the author of a number of books, including Decadent London, London’s Coffee Houses and Netherwood: Last Resort of Aleister Crowley. He lives in Hastings.
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Reserve tickets at this website2020-03-26 18:15 2020-03-26 18:15 Europe/London Whistler, Chelsea's Greatest Artist - with Antony Clayton Antony Clayton will give an illustrated talk about one of the greatest artists of the Victorian London scene. https://www.ianvisits.co.uk/calendar/2020/03/26/whistler-chelseas-greatest-artist-with-antony-clayton-227249 Chelsea Library,Old Town Hall,King's Road,London