The Ten O'Clock Lecture
Post #767 • April 4, 2006, 8:35 AM • 22 Comments
Later this week I'm going to write something about the Whistler print show that just came down at the Boca Museum. In preparation, I had to look up something called the Ten O'Clock Lecture, which the exhibition cited a few times. Whistler delivered the talk in 1885 in London, and the listeners and the press received it well. "There was a large and brilliant audience, at whose hands the lecturer experienced a very favourable reception," said the Morning Post.
I've read through the transcript a couple of times now, and I can't figure out what he's talking about, especially around the middle. He's outlining his priorities, that much I can tell, and he's using a writing method as hazy as his nocturnes. He seems to be criticizing a whole class of somebodies for an overly workmanlike approach to picture making. At any rate, it's an interesting glimpse into the mind of the master.