Whistler at the Boca Museum
Post #772 • April 11, 2006, 10:24 AM • 7 Comments
This week we'll be looking at shows you didn't see at the Boca Museum that came down last weekend, including James McNeill Whistler: Selected Works from the Hunterian Art Gallery. The exhibit brought over 131 works spanning the artist's career, some ephemera (including a note written to Whistler from Monet, addressing him as "Mon cher ami") and some of his silver collection. Supported with nice biographical details, generously supplied in the wall labels, the exhibition portrayed him handsomely and traced his development as he culled techniques from Rembrandt and distilled them through his romantic sensibilities. I have at times detected a lack of muscularity in Whistler's work, but seen through his prints, he takes on a rigor that reinforces the soupy atmospheres of his oil paintings.