Date of Award

Spring 2019

Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)


Art & Art History

First Advisor

Tara Zanardi

Second Advisor

Maria Antonella Pelizzari

Academic Program Adviser

Maria Antonella Pelizzari


This thesis presents a study of the seascapes of James McNeill Whistler’s formative career. It highlights Harmony in Blue and Silver: Trouville (1865) as a crucial painting that demonstrates his revolt from the influence of Gustave Courbet and marks the synthesis of his artistic style.



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