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An Icon Zoom talk by Joyce Hill Stoner on Whistler’s Labour-Intensive Evanescence

Icon Paintings Group

From: Tuesday 17.11.20
at 7:00pm
To: Tuesday 17.11.20
at 9:00pm



Icon Members: £3

Non-members: £5


Joyce Hill Stoner will give a talk on "Whistler’s Labour-Intensive Evanescence" for the Icon Paintings Group

Event description: 

Whistler’s Labour-Intensive Evanescence 

James McNeill Whistler worked hard to create an image of effortless elegance—for his public persona and his art, including his paintings, pastels, or the Peacock Room. Like many artists, Whistler had a somewhat slippery relationship with the truth. [He was born in Lowell, Massachusetts in 1834, but claimed under oath during the Ruskin trial that he was born in St. Petersburg, Russia.] Whistler presented himself as a supreme original with many enemies but was actually a great borrower from several close friends. This presentation will look especially at his veil-like techniques that revealed the canvas weave supports below.  


Joyce Hill Stoner has taught for the Winterthur/UD Program in Art Conservation for 44 years and served as its director for 15 years (1982-1997). She received her MA and diploma in conservation at the IFA NYU Conservation Center (1970/73), and a Ph.D. in Art History (1995, UD). She has been a Visiting Scholar at the Metropolitan Museum and the Getty Museum. Both art historian and practicing paintings conservator, Stoner has treated paintings for many collections (including serving as senior conservator for the examination and treatment of Whistler's Peacock Room in the 1990s). Stoner has authored more than 110 articles and book chapters and also coordinates the FAIC International Oral History file with 430+ available transcripts of interviews with conservators, conservation scientists, and related professionals.