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James Abbott McNeill Whistler

1834 - 1903

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James Abbott McNeill Whistler (; July 10, 1834 – July 17, 1903) was an American painter in oils and watercolor, and printmaker, active during the American Gilded Age and based primarily in the United Kingdom. He eschewed sentimentality and moral allusion in painting and was a leading proponent of the credo "art for art's sake". His signature for his paintings took the shape of a stylized butterfly possessing a long stinger for a tail. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of James Abbott McNeill Whistler has received more than 1,316,780 page views. His biography is available in 51 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 49 in 2019). James Abbott McNeill Whistler is the 315th most popular painter (up from 335th in 2019), the 1,031st most popular biography from United States (up from 1,059th in 2019) and the 8th most popular American Painter.

James Abbott McNeill Whistler is most famous for his painting of the "Arrangement in Grey and Black," which is also known as "Whistler's Mother."

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Among painters, James Abbott McNeill Whistler ranks 315 out of 1,421Before him are Philipp Otto Runge, Hendrik Goltzius, Cosimo Rosselli, Paulus Potter, Alexej von Jawlensky, and Carl Spitzweg. After him are Niccolò dell'Abbate, Séraphine Louis, David Alfaro Siqueiros, Pietro Cavallini, Léon Bonnat, and Utagawa Kuniyoshi.

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Among people born in 1834, James Abbott McNeill Whistler ranks 12Before him are William Morris, Frédéric Auguste Bartholdi, Léon Walras, Duchess Helene in Bavaria, August Weismann, and Amilcare Ponchielli. After him are Charles Spurgeon, Vasily Perov, Kawakami Gensai, Norodom of Cambodia, Jan Neruda, and Johann Philipp Reis. Among people deceased in 1903, James Abbott McNeill Whistler ranks 16Before him are Josiah Willard Gibbs, Otto Weininger, Hugo Wolf, Gotse Delchev, Calamity Jane, and Archduchess Elisabeth Franziska of Austria. After him are Gemma Galgani, Vasily Dokuchaev, Draga Mašin, Camillo Sitte, Richard Jordan Gatling, and Marcel Renault.

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In United States

Among people born in United States, James Abbott McNeill Whistler ranks 1,031 out of 18,182Before him are Chris Isaak (1956), Jerry Bruckheimer (1943), Clifford Shull (1915), Rudy Giuliani (1944), John Denver (1943), and Jeremy Renner (1971). After him are Robert Wise (1914), Larry King (1933), Edna Purviance (1895), Robert F. Furchgott (1916), Renée Zellweger (1969), and Jack Kirby (1917).

Among PAINTERS In United States

Among painters born in United States, James Abbott McNeill Whistler ranks 8Before him are Mary Cassatt (1844), Edward Hopper (1882), Georgia O'Keeffe (1887), Man Ray (1890), Margaret Keane (1927), and Norman Rockwell (1894). After him are Robert Rauschenberg (1925), Joseph Kosuth (1945), Grandma Moses (1860), Lyonel Feininger (1871), Bob Ross (1942), and Frederic Edwin Church (1826).