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Thursday, May 16 • 9:30am - 10:00am
(Book and Paper) Whistler’s Little Game: Watercolor Materials and Technique

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After his lawsuit against the art critic John Ruskin in 1878 and his subsequent bankruptcy, James McNeill Whistler rejuvenated his career with the production of a profusion of small works, including watercolors. Although “little” in size the watercolors were considered by Whistler to be on a par with his works in other media. These paintings departed from his early experiences with watercolor, incorporating techniques he employed in his oils, etchings and pastels. This paper will discuss results from a multiyear interdisciplinary research project at the Freer|Sackler to study Whistler’s watercolors, the largest collection in any one location. In the project, art historical research was combined with analysis of materials (supports and pigments), working methods, period writings on Whistler and archival research on colormen who dealt with Whistler. The combination of the several threads of research led to new findings that enrich our understanding of his watercolors and their place in his oeuvre.

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Emily Klayman Jacobson-[PA]

Paper & Photographs Conservator, Freer|Sackler, Smithsonian Institution
Emily Klayman Jacobson is currently the Paper and Photographs Conservator at the Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, Smithsonian Institution. Emily received her B.A. in Art History from Connecticut College in 1984 and her M.A., with a Certificate of Advanced Study... Read More →
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Blythe McCarthy

Andrew W. Mellon Senior Scientist, Freer|Sackler
Blythe McCarthy is the Andrew W. Mellon Senior Scientist at the Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery of the Smithsonian Institution. She received her doctorate in materials science from Johns Hopkins University and has held fellowships at the Getty Conservation Institute... Read More →

Thursday May 16, 2019 9:30am - 10:00am EDT
Earth Ballroom A Earth Convention Center, Mohegan Sun
  Specialty Session, Book and Paper