Posted on September 25, 2013 at 5:28 pm in Art | RSS feed
I wonder why there is such a stark contrast in color between this and Whistler’s other “Nocturne in Black and Gold,The Falling Rocket”. That painting is so vibrant while this one is so, well dull. Check out the other at http://www.wikipaintings.org/en/james-mcneill-whistler/nocturne-in-black-and-gold-the-falling-rocket. Are they meant to be viewed in opposition to each other?
I have no idea. I know that this Nocturne was completed a few years later; also, The Falling Rocket, if I recall correctly, was a major scandal. He did a lot of these nocturne paintings—just lots of color paintings. I think he’s trying to evoke a vague dread here—a kind of dull pulsing dreadful menace. That’s what I see, anyway.
Also, just to put this out there: I have no idea why Rothko bothered to do his stuff after Whistler.
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