Whistler in Paris, London, and Venice
Etchings are less flashy than paintings, but this exhibit at the Yale Art Gallery elegantly demonstrates why some commentators have thought James Abbott McNeill Whistler’s handling of the burin even greater than his skill with the brush. To look closely at the extraordinary detail in which he rendered the ships’ rigging in his early Rotherhithe (Wapping) is almost to regret his gradual de-emphasis of line in favor of the subtle manipulations of tone associated with his later Nocturnes. Concentrating on three so-called “sets” of etchings associated with key places in Whistler’s career, the exhibit also provides a vivid reminder of an artist whose early dedication to the Dutch masters—Rembrandt especially—has sometimes been eclipsed by his later and better known attraction to the art of Japan.
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