"Inaction painters" at the Clark Art Institute.

"Inaction painters" at the Clark Art Institute.

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July 9 2008 6:58 AM

Whistler's Velvet Revolution

The art of painting softly.

Click here to launch a slide show on James McNeill Whistler's revolution.

Click here to read a slide-show essay on James McNeill Whistler's revolution.

Christopher Benfey is Mellon professor of English at Mount Holyoke. His latest book, A Summer of Hummingbirds, about writers and artists in Gilded Age America, has just been published by the Penguin Press.

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