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Whistler, James McNeill. Draped Figure Reclining, 1892. Transfer lithograph. Metropolitan Museum of Art. H.O. Havemeyer Collection, Bequest of Mrs. H.O. Havemeyer, 1929. 29.107.109.

Figurine of Nike. Ceramic. Courtesy Musée du Louvre, Département des Antiquités grecques, étrusques et romaines. Recasting Antiquity: Whistler, Tanagra, and the Female Form focuses on a series of works on paper by the American artist James McNeill Whistler (1834–1903), created in the early 1890s under the inspiration of the recently excavated Hellenistic Greek terracotta figurines known collectively as Tanagras. The first exhibition to explore this theme in Whistler’s art, Recasting Antiquity brings some thirty Whistler prints and pastels into conversation with ancientJames Abbott McNeill Whistler, Blue Girl, c. 1894, Pastel and graphite on paper 10 7/8 x 7 1/4 in. (27.6 x 18.4 cm) Terra Foundation for American Art, Daniel J. Terra Collection. 1999.146a © Terra Foundation for American Art, Chicago. Tanagra figurines on loan from the Louvre Museum and considers what the taste for Tanagras at the turn of the twentieth century reveals about changing attitudes to classical antiquity and conventional Western notions of femininity. This exhibition has been co-curated by Ruth Allen, curator of Greek and Roman art at the Carlos Museum, and Linda Merrill, teaching professor and director of undergraduate studies in the Art History Department. 

 

Press Release

To read the press release announcing the opening of the exhibition, click HERE. For high-resolution images of featured artworks, please contact Emily Knight at emily.knight@emory.edu

 

Images

(Detail) James McNeill Whistler. Draped Figure Reclining, 1892. Transfer lithograph. Metropolitan Museum of Art. H.O. Havemeyer Collection, Bequest of Mrs. H.O. Havemeyer, 1929. 29.107.109. 

Figurine of Nike. 150-100 BCE. Ceramic, paint. Musée du Louvre, Département des Antiquités grecques, étrusques et romaines. Myr 163. 

James Abbott McNeill Whistler, Blue Girl, c. 1894, Pastel and graphite on paper 10 7/8 x 7 1/4 in. (27.6 x 18.4 cm) Terra Foundation for American Art, Daniel J. Terra Collection. 1999.146a © Terra Foundation for American Art, Chicago.