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Comp­ton Ver­ney, War­wick­shire Show­ing from: 20 Oc­to­ber - 16 De­cem­ber 2018

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This au­tumn sees Comp­ton Ver­ney cast­ing a new light on the work of the great late-Vic­to­rian mas­ter, James McNeill Whistler (1834-1903), with an ex­hi­bi­tion ex­plor­ing his re­la­tion­ship with na­ture. Cu­rated in part­ner­ship with The Hun­te­rian at the Univer­sity of Glas­gow, Whistler and Na­ture ex­plores the artist’s rev­o­lu­tion­ary at­ti­tude to­wards the nat­u­ral world, as ex­pressed in works rang­ing from his cel­e­brated Lon­don Noc­turnes to his Dutch and French coastal and pas­toral scenes.

This fas­ci­nat­ing ex­hi­bi­tion of around 90 oil paint­ings, works on pa­per and ob­jects - such as the Whistler’s sketch­book - shows how his sin­gu­lar vision was un­der­pinned by his en­dur­ing kin­ship with the mak­ers of rail­roads, bridges and ships - the cor­ner­stones of Vic­to­rian wealth and trade.

“Iconic por­traits such as Whistler’s Mother are world renowned, but less well known is the in­flu­ence of na­ture on Whistler’s work”, says Comp­ton Ver­ney’s Chief Ex­ec­u­tive, Pro­fes­sor Steven Parissien. “This ex­hi­bi­tion was borne out of Dr Pa­tri­cia de Mont­fort’s (Lec­turer in His­tory of Art/Cu­ra­tor in Whistler Stud­ies at the Univer­sity of Glas­gow) in­no­va­tive re­search into Whistler’s work from a par­tic­u­larly Amer­i­can stand­point and in the con­text of the US mil­i­tary." Be­gin­ning at Comp­ton Ver­ney in War­wick­shire, Whistler and

Na­ture will then tour to the Fitzwilliam Mu­seum in Cam­bridge and New­cas­tle upon Tyne’s Laing Art Gallery, be­fore ar­riv­ing in Glas­gow in the spring of 2020.

The Bathing Posts, Brit­tany, 1893, James McNeill Whistler

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