Whistler and Nature
20 October – 16 December 2018
The late-Victorian master James McNeill Whistler’s revolutionary take on nature is explored in this new touring exhibition.
In partnership with the Hunterian at the University of Glasgow, Compton Verney presents around 90 of Whistler’s oil paintings, works on paper and objects – such as his sketchbook – showing how his singular attitude to the natural world was underpinned by his enduring kinship with the makers of railroads, bridges and ships, the cornerstones of Victorian wealth and trade.
His images explore the contrasts between the natural and man-made worlds: rivers and wharves, gardens and courtyards, the ideal and the naturalistic, which are explored through works such as The Bathing Posts, Brittany (c1893), Nocturne: Chelsea (c1881), Nocturne: Chelsea Embankment (1883/4) and Copy of Nocturne: Black and Gold - The Fire Wheel (1893), all from The Hunterian.