Glazer, Lee, Jacobson, Emily, McCarthy, Blythe, and Roeder, Katherine. 2019. Whistler in watercolor: lovely little games. Yale University Press.
This book accompanies the exhibition organized by and on view at the Freer Gallery of Art from May 18 through October 6, 2019. For James McNeill Whistler, watercolor was the medium through which he reinvented himself in the 1880s and painted his way into posterity. No one was more smitten with Whistler and his works than Gilded Age industrialist Charles Lang Freer, who amassed the world's largest collection of watercolors by the artist and included them in his bequest to the Smithsonian in 1906. This landmark book takes a fresh look at the exhibition and reception of Whistler's watercolors in Britain and the United States and provides a new scientific analysis of his materials and techniques, from the paper he used to the pigments he chose.