The Prints of James McNeill Whistler at the University of Michigan Museum of Art

The University of Michigan Museum of Arts rare and important collection of James McNeill Whistler works on paper represents one of the finest holdings of Whistler’s graphic output in North America.

This exhibition, open through, will feature nearly 100 works of art from UMMA’s extraordinary Whistler collection, which covers the artist’s entire career in Europe, ranging from his student days and early orientation towards Realism to the evanescent and atmospheric lithographs and etchings of his mature style.

James McNeill Whistler, Nocturne, 1878, lithotint with scraping on a prepared half-tint ground printed on blue-grey paper, University of Michigan Museum of Art, Bequest of Margaret Watson Parker, 1954/1.413

Nearly all of the Whistler works came to the Museum through the bequest of Margaret Watson Parker, an early collector of both Whistler’s prints as well as Japanese art. This set of interests brought her in contact with America’s most important collector of Whistler’s work, Charles Lang Freer. Parker‘s Whistler collection is notable for its superb quality. The role of collector in the early twentieth century and Parker’s championing of Whistler’s works will also be examined in this exhibition.

This exhibition is made possible in part by the University of Michigan Health System, the University of Michigan Office of the Provost, the Friends of the University of Michigan Museum of Art, and the Doris Sloan Memorial Fund.

The University of Michigan Museum of Art seeks to transform individual and civic life by promoting the discovery, contemplation, and enjoyment of the art of our world. One of the finest university art museums in the country, UMMA holds collections representing 150 years of art collecting. A dynamic schedule of special exhibitions and interpretative programs connects visitors with the rich artistic legacy of the past and today’s avant-garde.

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Ann Arbor 48109-1354
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