This exhibition explores the late-Victorian master James McNeill Whistler’s revolutionary take on nature.
Born in America but spending most of his life in the UK, James Abbott McNeill Whistler became one of the best-known artists of the late-19th century. This exhibition of around 90 of Whistler’s oil paintings, watercolours, lithographs and etchings examines his singular attitude to the natural world, and reveals how it was underpinned by his enduring kinship with the makers of railroads, bridges and ships.
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).
This exhibition has been developed by Compton Verney in partnership with The Hunterian, University of Glasgow,