Mozart to Matisse - Whistler and Victorian Painting
Complementing an ensemble performance by musicians from the Columbus Symphony Orchestra will be a brief talk on a major figure in 19th-century British painting, James McNeill Whistler, who broke dramatically from existing currents in Victorian painting. Whether in the iconic portrait of his mother or a depiction of fireworks in the London sky, Whistler emphasized the abstract formal elements of his compositions, such as color and shape, rather than the subjects themselves. His formalism is reinforced by titles such as "nocturne," "harmony", or "arrangement"—all references to music, a medium that can convey moods without the use of images, a key facet of modern painting and sculpture in the 20th century. For tickets visit columbusmuseum.org.