Whistler and his butterfly
No one knows when James McNeill Whistler first used the butterfly as a signature in his paintings and prints. By the 1870's it had become a very important element in his works and he even used it as a decoration and signature on letters, notes and invitation cards. The butterfly symbol became so popular that people used to bring back paintings they had purchased before he started using the symbol so he could paint in on the ones they owned.
Whistler liked the effect of the butterfly because it resembled ideographs used in oriental works of art. (What is an ideograph? An ideograph or ideogram is a character or symbol which represents an idea or thing. Examples: $, %.)
Whistler used his butterfly both as a symbol for himself and as part of the design in his paintings and prints. Over the years, the butterfly design changed from simple to very complex and sometimes, Whistler added a stinging tail.
The Whistler House Museum of Art is featured in this newly released book!
Christmas at America’s Landmark Houses
by Patricia Hart McMillan & David Strahan
Published by Schiffer Publishing, Ltd.
Here is Christmas decorating, history, architecture, and interior design wrapped in one sparkling package. Three-hundred and sixty-three gorgeous, inspiring images provide leisurely looks at historic house interiors magically decorated for Christmas. Begin with the Foreword by Christopher Radko, famed re-creator of vintage Christmas ornaments. Tour historic holiday homes from the Whistler House, birthplace of famous American artist James McNeill Whistler, to Colonial Williamsburg, and look inside San Antonio’s most beautiful house–the Spanish Governor’s Palace. Marvel that a typical ranch-style house was home to two future US presidents, a first lady, and two governors. Visit the honeymoon home of Bill and Hillary Clinton. Enjoy the modest dwelling of Canadian WW I flying ace Billy Bishop, and tour the “castle” of Model A creator Edsel Ford. Some houses’ Christmas décorations are period correct; others are joyfully au courant.
Size: 8 1/2″ x 11″ | 363 color images | 256pp
Schiffer Publishing, Ltd. is a family-owned, independent publisher of high-quality, nonfiction books. Since 1974, Schiffer has published thousands of titles on the diverse subjects that fuel our readers' passions. From our traditional subjects of antiques and collectibles, arts and crafts, and military history, Schiffer has expanded its catalog to publish books on contemporary art and artists; architecture and design; food and entertaining; the metaphysical, paranormal and folklore; and pop and fringe culture, as well as books for children.
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Sara, oil on linen
Whistler House studio artist Mary Rose O'Connell will have a solo exhibition at the Rockport Art Association from November 15 – November 27, 2015. There will be an opening reception on Sunday, November 15 from 2 - 4 pm.
Mary Rose will also have work in the 31st Almost Miniatures Show at Francesca Anderson Fine Art (Portraits North) in Lexington, MA from November 19, 2015 thru January 16, 2016.
Finally, you can view Mary Rose's working studio here at the Whistler House Museum of Art during normal museum hours - Wednesday through Saturday from 11 am to 4 pm.