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WHISTLER AND MONTESQUIOU: THE BUTTERFLY AND THE BAT. Edgar Munhall. Frick Collection, New York, 1995. Published in association with Flammarion, Paris. Distributed in the U.S.A. by Abbeville Press, Inc., New York. 176 pp. with 138 ills. (86 col.). 29 x 22 cm. ISBN 2080135775 In English.
Presenting a detailed study of Whistler's 1892 portrait of French artistocrat, poet and critic Robert de Montesquiou-Fezensac (1855-1921) that illuminates the prominent roles played by the two men in the cultural life of late 19th-century Paris, this scholarly catalogue features an extensive eight-part text tracing the careers of the celebrated American artist (1834-1903) and his flamboyant sitter, chronicling the protracted execution of the portrait and discussing its iconography, critical reception and significance within Whistler's oeuvre. Enhanced by numerous excerpts from the correspondence and other writings of Whistler, Montesquiou and many of their contemporaries, the catalogue's texts are accompanied by reproductions of the portrait and other pieces by Whistler and by an illustrated selection of Montesquiou's critiques of works by such artists as Moreau, Sargent, Tissot and Rodin.
Artist(s):Whistler, James Abbott McNeill
Indexing: Western, Europe — France, United States — 1800-1900 — Painting, Several Media
Plans: 01,06,07,08,13,17,22
Worldwide Number: 024956
Hardcover $45.00    

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