A Fragile Modernism

Whistler and His Impressionist Followers

Anna Robins

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March 4, 2008
256 pages, 7 1/2 x 10
90 b/w + 40 color illus.
ISBN: 9780300135459

Published for the Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art

Whistler embarked on a new project in the 1880s, working on a small scale in oil, pastel and watercolor to depict new London subjects and painting portraits of new urban types. This book, the first critical study of Whistler and his Impressionist followers, offers an in-depth analysis of Whistler's art as well as new insights into his modernist project.

Using a wealth of primary material, Robins tracks the history of Whistler and his group and shows through testimony and practice that they were formulating an identity as avant-garde artists. This is the first critical study of these Impressionist artists and throws new light on this neglected aspect of British art.


Anna Robins is a reader in the history of art at the University of Reading.