On Thursday, July 16 we visited the Art Institute of Chicago to see Whistler and Roussel: Linked Visions. The paintings, drawings, and especially the prints of friends James McNeill Whistler and Theodore Roussel are on view along with letters, menus, copper plates, and Roussel frames. This wide-ranging show also explores their relationships with colleagues Frank Duveneck, Francis Seymour Haden, Paul Cesar Hellue, Mortimer Mempes, Joseph Pennell, and Walter Sickert.
Curators Meg Hausberg and Victoria Sancho Lobis wrote in the on-line catalogue, “We hope that this exhibition will remind those who already admire James McNeill Whistler of his remarkable commitment to the art of printmaking, and at the same time, we aim to inspire new admiration for Theodore Roussel, whose quieter nature and preference for process over product has kept him well in the shadow of his more prolific and flamboyant peer.” It is a remarkable privilege to stand within reach of Whistler’s beautifully inked views of London or Venice and with Roussel’s intimate daily scenes, his progressive states and experiments, or his amazingly complex color compositions.
Link to on-line catalogue:https://publications.artic.edu/whistler/reader/linkedvisions/section/409