James McNeill Whistler and the Case for Beauty (2014)

Genres - Visual Arts  |   Sub-Genres - Art History, Biography, Graphic & Applied Arts  |   Release Date - Sep 12, 2014 (USA - Unknown)  |   Run Time - 57 min.  |   Countries - United States  |   MPAA Rating - NR
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Synopsis by Perry Seibert

A profile of artist James McNeill Whistler (1834-1903), who's best known for the iconic "Whistler's Mother" painting. An art revolutionary, he pioneered the "art for art's sake" philosophy; and paved the way for the 20th century's modern art movement. The documentary features much of his artwork; historical photographs; animation sequences; re-enactments of some his famous works; and insights from art historians. Angelica Huston narrates; and Kevin Kline gives voice to Whistler.

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modern-art, painter, painting