Art and exhibition news
Compton Verney, Warwickshire Showing from: 20 October - 16 December 2018
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