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James Abbott McNeil Whistler
19th c. Impressionism/Symbolism Painter, graphic artist
b. July 10, 1834 in Lowell, MA; d. July 17, 1903 in London, England. Painter and graphic artist. Learned art from his father, a drawing instructor at West Point Naval Academy. Learned etching as a U.S. Navy cartographer. In 1855 he went to Paris and studied under Gleyre, and by making copies of works in the Louvre. His early work was inspired by Courbet's realism, and by oriental art. He showed at the Royal Academy in 1860 and made his name by both his talent and his flamboyant personality. His work related to Symbolism, Impressionism, and Aestheticism. Thought he was American, he worked mainly in England. Dict. Amer. Biog.; RILA/BHA; Thieme-Becker; WWW Amer. Art; Oxford Dictionary of Art.