A Life for Art's Sake
Hardback 462pp Illustrated
9780300203462   Product Code: 23961
James McNeill Whistler is almost better known for his feuds with Ruskin and Oscar Wilde than for his celebrated painting of his mother. This first major biography in 20 years, and the first to make extensive use of his private correspondence, reveals an intense, introspective and private man. The book reinstates Whistler as a pivotal figure in the cultural history of the 19th century - an ambitious, deeply serious painter fiercely driven by the pursuit of artistic excellence.