Water and Light: James McNeill Whistler’s Etchings and Drypoints of Venice and Amsterdam


Palitz Gallery

October 7-November 15, 2003

Water and Light is a focused examination of two of James McNeill Whistler’s favorite subjects.  The American expatriate was fascinated with water and the effects of light. A highlight of his career as a printmaker were his famous Venetian “nocturnes” that so effectively captured the mood and atmosphere of Italy’s famous floating city.  The strength of these images is Whistler’s unique talent as blending the reflections of the water in the canals with the natural light that suffused the city.   Later in his career then journeyed to Amsterdam where he again combined water and light into images that captured the city’s particular flavor.