Nocturne: Blue And Gold – St Mark’s, Venice (1879-80) by James Whistler

Nocturne: Blue And Gold - St Mark's, Venice - James Whistler - 1879-80

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TitleNocturne: Blue And Gold - St Mark's, Venice
ArtistJames Whistler
Date1879-80
Dimensions44.5 x 59.7 cm (17 1/2 x 23 1/2 in.)
Current LocationNational Museum Of Wales, Cardiff
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About Nocturne: Blue And Gold - St Mark's, Venice

Nocturne: Blue and Gold – St Mark’s, Venice is one of the surviving oil paintings by James Abbott McNeill Whistler from his one-year stay in Venice, where he focused mainly on etchings and pastels. Initially exhibited under a different title, it was later part of The Davies Sisters Collection.

Whistler’s art style was subtle and discreet, which made Venetian elegance perfectly suited for it. His Nocturnes were known for dissolving structures and human figures into veiled monochromes while evoking tranquil night scenes through his masterful handling of light and color. Although a radical artist for his time, Whistler managed to capture the atmosphere of the changing landscape during modernization.

Interestingly, apart from Nocturne: Blue and Gold – St Mark’s, Venice other artwork painted by Whistler have survived as well during his stay in Venice. Nonetheless, this painting continues to stand out due to its depiction of San Marco at night illuminated by fireworks in shades of blue and gold that would forever remain vibrant.

Overall, Whistler’s Nocturne: Blue And Gold – St Mark’s is a masterpiece that has stood the test of time showing the breadth and depth brought about by masters like him to fine arts within their eras with everlasting importance even centuries later through collectors such as The Davies Sisters who appreciate classical artwork despite passing trends or conventions.

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