Whistler, Chelsea's Greatest Artist - with Antony Clayton

Whistler, Chelsea's Greatest Artist - with Antony Clayton
 
  6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

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This is an online video event, please check the organiser for details about how to watch.

Antony Clayton will give an illustrated talk about one of the greatest artists of the Victorian London scene, James McNeill Whistler.

Painter, printmaker, teacher, critic, polemicist, flamboyant dandy, acerbic wit, ebullient self-publicist, irascible litigant and a serious artist of considerable refinement, 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.

*Please note that this event is going to take place via Teams live broadcast. All those who book will be sent an email from the library before the sessions, with the link to join. You do not have to have Microsoft Teams downloaded on your device to access the talk, but you will get a better experience if you have the app, which is free and available for your usual app store. 

Attendees are invited to use the Q&A chat to ask any questions during the talk - the questions will be answered at the end. 

Cost: Free of Charge


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