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Lessons from the master 7 novembre 2009
Par wiredweird - Publié sur
Format: Broché Achat vérifié
James A. MnN. Whistler had many talents. His best-known, today, was his skill as a painter, exploring new uses for the medium once photography started to claim literal realism for itself. In his day, though, Whistler achieved some fame for his ability to irritate the art establishment of the time, and for his knack of keeping himself at the forefront of public awareness. This book documents those secondary skills.

Nearly all of the content reproduces series of letters to editors of major newspapers, arranged here by Whistler to ensure that he has the last word in each debate. It seems to be a lost art these days, but mighty battles were once waged in the letters columns, with volley after volley of thrust and counterthrust, all in correspondence that drips with elegant vitriol. One could almost see the borders of the news-sheet as the ropes around a boxing ring, with a editorial referee ensuring a clean fight and an entertaining public spectacle.

Although many critics attracted Whistler's public scorn, John Ruskin capped Whistler's career as enemy-maker. After Ruskin maligned one of Whistler's "Nocturnes" in public, Whistler sued him for libel. Whistler won the judgment. With typically British understatement, however, it chastised him as well: he was awarded an entire farthing in damages, a fraction of a cent, but was nearly bankrupted by court costs.

Whistler composed this collection largely as a tribute to the glory of Whistler, and that contributes to its enduring entertainment value. Artists from Benvenuto Cellini to the current day have autobiographically publicized themselves; self-publicity seems a required skill for any successful artist. Whistler's unique skill lay in garnering publicity through these refined and public matches of wit against acid wit. These don't just amuse, however, they also help modern readers realize the artistic and social context in which Whistler redefined what painting could be.

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Nice book, a little complex for non-native english speakers 29 septembre 2012
Par Luix - Publié sur
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It's really a good book, but reading took me much more time than I expected because the language. But it's still a good choice.
Letters by Critics and rebuttals by Whistler 10 août 2014
Par jojo - Publié sur
Format: Broché
I found this book to be amaaaaazing! One that I'll go back to just for fun and re-read different parts just to chuckle again.
It's is a compilation of insulting letters by critics of his time against Whistler and his own rebuttals to their derogatory accusations.
It's not in story form but each letter is engaging.

While the introduction gives an idea and outline of the man, a good biography can further embellish tales of his enemies and struggles touched upon in the book.
Done with a wit like Oscar Wilde's and an unexpected depth of poetic musings Ie: on pg 144-- "Nature, who, for once, has sung in tune, sings her exquisite song to the artist alone, her son and her master--her son in that he loves her, her master in that he knows her." (Love that).
There is his own interesting take on the history of art from prehistoric origins and development p.139-143.
Whistler has become my favorite character. He was the real-deal-art champion and a flamboyant-Don Quixote-style warrior against a background of 19th century short-sighted-public and the many critics who mocked him and considered his paintings an insult and affront to humanity and reason.
This book IS Whistler's life as he was living it--embroiled in business battles from all sides and battling back like a defiant-sword-swinging musketeer. It shows the courage few men would have to save the worst insults and criticisms fired at him and then gather them up and hang them up like dirty laundry for all the world to see.
It's fun to sit on the sidelines and watch the volleys "firing off" back and forth. The book even has letters about it's own embattled history.

I found an unexpected bonus, in that, there are apprx 60-70 of his trademark stinging butterflies at the bottom and sides of many letters, and each is different and has a unique personality. They are interesting to study.

Wilde "fires off" a few shots of his own: "Popularity is the only insult that has not yet been offered to Mr. Whistler." p99 which Whistler deflects. Someone "anonymous" who signs a letter as "A British artist" on the Suffolk St. Gallery, gets quite a spanking from Whistler on pg 189-191. Sounds like the
same cut downs to an artist from a previous trial.
There are pages of Excerpts from the Ruskin trial -(Ruskin claimed Whistler asked "two hundred guineas for flinging a pot of paint in the public's face." For which Whistler sued. You can see from reading that he had the court room laughing and would not knuckle under. He includes his drawing of the farthing he won from that trial (After losing everything else) which shows the biting sense of humor he maintained in drawing it. (I lost my pants but, hey, look at this farthing they gave me.)
"Arry quilter" the critic who moved in after he lost his "White house" on Tite St. and "Arry" took ownership and then redecorated -much to Whistler's horror.
You can feel the resentment in the letters about "Arry".
Open snickering and laughter when "An arrangement in Grey and black" was exhibited is mentioned. In the face of such disrepect, he maintained a grace and a strength of spirit that few can match.

OK, That's just a little background on a few of the 19th century critics in the book.
I give this 5 stars because this is more than a book, it is the true fighting spirit OF Whistler BY Whistler which forever opened the world of art. It is his passion and defiance and stubborn refusal to kowtow to the out of date art theorem of his day.
The irony is that the critics who considered him a failure, are now merely "hanging strings" in history: Long forgotten like a string hidden and obscured behind the true greatness of the Master's canvas.
This book is an inspiration in handling your own critics. Happy reading.
One Star 10 décembre 2014
Format: Broché Achat vérifié
Made an enemy.
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The Gentle Art of Making Enemies 13 octobre 2010
Par Libby - Publié sur
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I was terribly disappointed with this recently printed paperback. Not only is it a cheap reproduction, but there are insertions that say "illustration" and the spot is empty! Since this is an ART BOOK, and I bought it for a class, it created a very frustrating experience.Better no modern reproduction than one like this!
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