James Whistler - Quotes

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To say to the painter that Nature is to be taken as she is, is to say to the player that he may sit on the piano. ---->>>

It takes a long time for a man to look like his portrait. ---->>>

An artist is not paid for his labor but for his vision. ---->>>

If other people are going to talk, conversation becomes impossible. ---->>>

I am not arguing with you - I am telling you. ---->>>

An artist's career always begins tomorrow. ---->>>

I can't tell you if genius is hereditary, because heaven has granted me no offspring.

I can't tell you if genius is hereditary, because heaven has granted me no offspring.

The rare few, who, early in life have rid themselves of the friendship of the many. ---->>>

The vast majority of English folk cannot and will not consider a picture as a picture, apart from any story which it may be supposed to tell. ---->>>

To say of a picture, as is often said in its praise, that it shows great and earnest labour, is to say that it is incomplete and unfit for view. ---->>>

Work alone will efface the footsteps of work.

Work alone will efface the footsteps of work.

You shouldn't say it is not good. You should say, you do not like it; and then, you know, you're perfectly safe. ---->>>

I maintain that two and two would continue to make four, in spite of the whine of the amateur for three, or the cry of the critic for five. ---->>>

You should not say it is not good. You should say you do not like it; and then, you know, you're perfectly safe. ---->>>

Biography

Nationality: American
Born: July 14, 1834
Birthplace: Lowell, Massachusetts, US
Die: 07-17, 1903
Occupation: Artist
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James Abbott McNeill Whistler (; July 10, 1834 – July 17, 1903) was an American artist, active during the American Gilded Age and based primarily in the United Kingdom. He was averse to sentimentality and moral allusion in painting, and was a leading proponent of the credo "art for art's sake". His famous signature for his paintings was in the shape of a stylized butterfly possessing a long stinger for a tail (wikipedia)