James McNeill Whistler

Cocktails with a Curator: Whistler's 'Mrs. Frances Leyland'

video still of Xavier Salomon and oil painting of woman standing, wearing long dress

In this week’s episode of “Cocktails with a Curator,” join Xavier F. Salomon, Peter Jay Sharp Chief Curator, as he explores “Symphony in Flesh Colour and Pink: Portrait of Mrs. Frances Leyland” by James McNeill Whistler. Delve into the tumultuous history of Whistler’s relationship with Frederick Richards Leyland, the shipping magnate who commissioned the painting, as well as the painter’s affinity for Japanese culture. This week’s complementary cocktail is a Sake Highball on the rocks.

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Margaret F. MacDonald: "Whistler’s Art: 'An Arrangement in Line, Form & Colour'"

Alex Gordon Lecture in the History of Art
"Whistler’s Art: 'An Arrangement in Line, Form & Colour'"
Margaret F. MacDonald, Professor of History of Art, University of Glasgow

A skillful draftsman, a master printmaker, and a controversial painter, James McNeill Whistler created strikingly perceptive and atmospheric masterpieces. His art and writings reveal his strong response to color and how this conflicted with his belief in the central importance of drawing. This lecture focuses on works on paper that illustrate the development of his art from 1855 to 1903.

Edgar Munhall: Whistler’s "Arrangement in Black and Gold"

Link to video of Edgar Munhall discussing Whistler’s 'Arrangement in Black and Gold'

Curator Emeritus Edgar Munhall discusses Whistler’s "Arrangement in Black and Gold, Comte Robert de Montesquiou-Fezensac" from the exhibition Portraits, Pastels, Prints: Whistler in The Frick Collection, June 2 through August 23, 2009. 

Joanna Sheers: "Symphony in Flesh Colour and Pink"

Link to video of Joanna Sheers discussing Whistler’s 'Symphony in Flesh Colour and Pink, Portrait of Mrs. Frances Leyland'

Joanna Sheers discusses Whistler’s "Symphony in Flesh Colour and Pink, Portrait of Mrs. Frances Leyland" from the exhibition Portraits, Pastels, Prints: Whistler in The Frick Collection, June 2 through August 23, 2009. 

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