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Whistler and Montesquiou :; the butterfly and the bat

Munhall, Edgar; Whistler, James McNeill

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ISBN 10: 2080135783 / ISBN 13: 9782080135780
Published by Frick Collection, New York, 1995
Condition: Mint
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Black quarto; 175 p, illus (some color) ; 29 cm. Uncommon // Art; French. Mint; sealed in original shrinkwrap. Bookseller Inventory # 79887

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Title: Whistler and Montesquiou :; the butterfly ...

Publisher: Frick Collection, New York

Publication Date: 1995

Binding: Mint

Book Condition:Mint

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Synopsis:

This is the catalog that ccompanied the exhibition surrounding Whistler's painting of Comte Robert de Montesquiou-Fezensac held at The Frick Collection, from November 14, 1995 to January 28, 1996. Contains correspondence, etc. between the two and brings to life how the two worked together to create this masterpiece. Also looks at Whistler's attempts to reproduce the painting's image through lithography.

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The artist James Abbot McNeill Whistler's portrait of the poet and dandy Robert de Montesquiou held a nine year friendship, from their initial meeting in 1885 to the first public exhibition of Whistler's portrait of Montesquiou in 1894. This portrait, Arrangement in Black and Gold: Comte Robert de Montesquiou is a masterpiece of Whistler's unique symbolist-inspired style. Drawing upon a wealth of previously unpublished archival material and correspondence (accompanied by a dazzling array of paintings, drawings, and engravings) Edgar Munhall uses this remarkable work as a starting point for exploring the development of Whistler's art, and in the process paints a delightful and fascinating portrait of the extraordinarily creative and sometimes bizarre avant-garde world of fin-de-siecle Paris and London. -- Midwest Book Review

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