Wapping (1860-4) by James Whistler

Wapping - James Whistler - 1860-4

Artwork Information

ArtistJames Whistler
MediumOil On Canvas
Dimensions71.1 x 101.6 cm (28 x 40 in)
Current LocationNational Gallery Of Art, Washington

About Wapping

James McNeill Whistler, a prominent American artist of the 19th century, created several artworks based on Wapping and the Thames. His art combined Realism with elements of Impressionism and Post-Impressionism, which influenced many young artists at that time. Whistler’s influences include Velázquez, Rembrandt, and ancient Greek sculptures.

Whistler’s Wapping on Thames is an oil painting he created between 1860-64, which depicts a group of boats moored by the banks of the river Thames against a backdrop of buildings. The play of light and shadow creates an eerie atmosphere that suggests tranquility but also isolation. The painting reflects Whistler’s interest in capturing moments that are often overlooked.

In addition to his famous Wapping on Thames painting, Whistler also created several etchings and drypoints featuring scenes from Wapping and Rotherhithe. These works show his mastery in details as he focused on capturing the essence of urban life in London’s docklands area. Furthermore, his depiction of Wapping became popular among young artists who saw it as an example to follow in their work.

Overall, James McNeill Whistler’s artworks offer a glimpse into life along the Thames River in 19th century London. His unique style is characterized by combining Realism with Impressionism elements while infusing personal touches from different artistic eras that he admired.

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