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Whistler's Travels Exhibition On View January 22 – May 16, 2010 at the Gibbes Museum of Art

Features Etchings and Lithographs Created During Artist’s Travels Through Europe

(December 2, 2009 - Charleston, South Carolina) – The Gibbes Museum of Art will present the work of renowned American artist James McNeill Whistler (1834-1903) in the exhibition Whistler's Travels, in the Rotunda Galleries from January 22, 2010 through May16, 2010. The exhibition features 21 etchings and three lithographs from the Gibbes permanent collection and a local private collection. The etchings and lithographs in Whistler’s Travels were executed during Whistler’s excursions to the English countryside, France, Holland, and Venice, Italy.

In the summer of 1858, just three years after James McNeill Whistler arrived in Paris to pursue a profession in the arts, he embarked upon a walking tour of France and Germany. Armed with sketch materials and copper plates, Whistler created detailed drawings of the architecture and inhabitants of the small towns he encountered. Many of the works Whistler produced during this journey were published later that year in his first set of etchings titled Twelve Etchings from Nature, often referred to as the “French Set.” This successful foray into the graphic arts was the start of a life-long devotion to the print medium.

Throughout his career, Whistler turned to etching to interpret his surroundings and was renowned for his ability to find picturesque qualities in unlikely subjects. From 1859 and 1863, Whistler divided his time between France and England. During this same time period, Whistler made the first of many visits to the Netherlands, a destination, which over the course of his lifetime became one of his favorites. In 1879, Whistler traveled to Italy and created a series of twelve views of Venice that would eventually establish him in history as one of the world’s finest etchers.

“Whistler’s etchings and lithographs are key to telling the story of printmaking in America. We are delighted to showcase these wonderful objects,” said Gibbes Executive Director Angela D. Mack.

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Charleston Chamber Opera Presents: Whistler\'s Women - Songs on a Life Well Traveled

Soprano Patrice Tiedemann and Mezzo Soprano Lara Wilson explore the exhibition Whistler\'s Travels through an opera performance in the Gibbes Rotunda
Sunday, March 7, 3pm
$10 Museum Members, $20 Non-Members
For tickets visit or call 843-722-2706 x18.

Established as the Carolina Art Association in 1858, the Gibbes Museum of Art opened its doors to the public in 1905 in historic Charleston, S.C. The Gibbes houses one of the foremost collections of American Art from the 18th century to the present. The Gibbes is currently undergoing major renovations and will reopen in the spring of 2016. The renovated museum will properly showcase its extensive collections and will feature an admission-free ground floor, providing a place to watch artists at work in studios and stroll through a world-class garden.

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