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Colour-Music: Musical Modelling in James McNeill Whistler's Art


Teniswood-Harvey, A, Colour-Music: Musical Modelling in James McNeill Whistler's Art (2006) [PhD]


This study investigates the influence of Western music on Whistlerís artistic theory and practice. Drawing upon primary sources, it traces Whistlerís lifelong exposure to, and engagement with, music making, and considers the ways in which he translated his musical experiences into pictorial subject matter. Whistlerís use of musical nomenclature and analogy are then examined, within the context of both his personal musical experience and knowledge, and the wider nineteenth-century interest in the interrelations between the visual arts and music. The notions of musical autonomy, art-for-artís sake and artistic correspondence; the influence of music on colour theory; and the discourse of enthusiasm surrounding Beethovenism and Wagnerism are deemed influential.

Item Details

Item Type:PhD
Keywords:music, art history, art-for-artís sake, aesthetic movement, 19th century, interdisciplinary, James McNeill Whistler, Chopin, Schubert, Sarasate, London, Beethovenism, Wagnerism
Research Division:Creative Arts and Writing
Research Group:Art history, theory and criticism
Research Field:Art history
Objective Division:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Group:Expanding knowledge
Objective Field:Expanding knowledge in creative arts and writing studies
UTAS Author:Teniswood-Harvey, A (Dr Arabella Teniswood-Harvey)
ID Code:60969
Year Published:2006
Deposited By:Conservatorium of Music
Deposited On:2010-02-24
Last Modified:2010-03-01

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