Tuesday, October 14, 2014

An American painter........................

James Abbott McNeill Whistler (1834-1903):

Arrangement in Grey and Black #1:  Portrait of the Artist's Mother      1871

"One does like to make one's Mummy just as nice as possible."

Arrangement in Grey and Black #2:  Portrait of Thomas Carlyle        1873

"One wants the spirit, the aroma, don't you know?   If you paint a young girl, youth should scent the room;  if a thinker, thoughts should be in the air;  an aroma of the personality ... and, with all that, it should be a picture, a pattern, an arrangement, a harmony, such as only a painter could conceive."

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