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    Early Morning

    James McNeill Whistler credited Japanese art with having a profound impact on his own artistic activities, which included painting, printmaking, and interior decoration. Indeed, the Japanese cultivation of beauty in all aspects of material life informed his own "art for art's sake" philosophy. This sensibility led Whistler to shift from naturalistic representation in his pictures toward more abstract, evocative arrangements of color and form in the late 1860s. In this image of London's Battersea district across the Thames, the asymmetrical composition and emphasis on the misty atmospheric effects of early light both reveal the artist's debt to Japanese art and transform the urban industrial landscape into a thing of poetic beauty.

    • Artist: James Abbott McNeill Whistler, American, 1834-1903
    • Medium: Lithograph (lithotint) on cream, moderately thick, smooth paper
    • Dates: 1878
    • Dimensions: Sheet: 6 3/4 x 10 1/4 in. (17.1 x 26 cm)  (show scale)
    • Signature: Printed butterfly monogram, lower left.
    • Collections:American Art
    • Museum Location: This item is not on view
    • Accession Number: 15.374
    • State: State 4/4
    • Credit Line: Gift of the Rembrandt Club
    • Rights Statement: No known copyright restrictions
    • Caption: James Abbott McNeill Whistler (American, 1834-1903). Early Morning, 1878. Lithograph (lithotint) on cream, moderately thick, smooth paper, Sheet: 6 3/4 x 10 1/4 in. (17.1 x 26 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of the Rembrandt Club, 15.374
    • Image: overall, 15.374_PS1.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph
    • Record Completeness: Best (86%)
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    10:20 02/27/2011
    Where is our place in all of this? As light comes in our midst, and as the mist clears and the air hangs in its stillness, and the rising sun brings in a new day, and the city and the river and all commerce come alive…where is one in all of this? – in this ceaseless coming of day and noon and dusk and night…Where is our place in all of this?…in this continuous business and hustle and bustle of our lives, and our need to organize ourselves and to toil and to throw oneself into daily routine…perhaps one does not ask: where is our place in all of this?…perhaps one simply observes and one sees all this movement and activity as one, and one within it…not where - but within, and one…

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