Paperback, 220 pages, ISBN: 9780500277614
Foremost among the University of Michigan Museum of Art's distinguished holdings in works on paper are the more than 180 prints, drawings, and watercolors by American master James McNeill Whistler. Formed around the bequest of Margaret Watson Parker of Detroit, this collection's quality places it among the best of its kind in the world, and its breadth permits an in-depth look at the development of Whistler's vision as it can be traced across a range of graphic media.
This book, published on the occasion of a traveling exhibition, presents eighty-three of the finest impressions at the Museum and illustrates the diversity of Whistler's talents as a printmaker and draftsman. Included are etchings from all periods of Whistler's career, among them works of the 1860s embodying Realist and Pre-Raphaelite influences, as well as later, delicately patterned prints from the 1880s and 1890s. Whistler's mastery of lithography is represented by such works as the 1878 lithotint, Nocturne, and a series of figure studies from the 1890s. A chalk drawing of a female model and two watercolors complete the selection.