FINE ART INVESTMENTS SINCE 1978
James Abbott McNeill WHISTLER
James Abbott McNeill Whistler (July 11, 1834 – July 17, 1903) was an American artist, active
during the American Gilded Age and based primarily in the United Kingdom. He was averse
to sentimentality and moral allusion in painting, and was a leading proponent of the credo
"art for art's sake". His famous signature for his paintings was in the shape of a stylized
butterfly possessing a long stinger for a tail. The symbol was apt, for it combined both
aspects of his personality: his art is characterized by a subtle delicacy, while his public
persona was combative. He found a parallel between painting and music and entitled many
of his paintings "arrangements", "harmonies", and "nocturnes", emphasizing the primacy of
tonal harmony. His most famous painting is Arrangement in Grey and Black No. 1 (1871),
commonly known as 'Whistler's Mother', the revered and often parodied portrait of
motherhood. Whistler influenced the art world and the broader culture of his time with his
artistic theories and his friendships with leading artists and writers
Title: "The Rag Gatherers"
Edition: fifth (final) state of five (Glasgow)
Medium: Original Etching and Drypoint
Image size: 6" x 3.5"
Framed size: 21.25" x 17.25"