Tuesday, July 04, 2006


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James Whistler,  Nocturne in Black and Gold: The Falling Rocket
Oil on wood
Detroit Institute of Arts


Anonymous Anonymous said...

What a treat and a surprise to open up the blog and see one of my most favorite paintings!

In 1995 I wrote an essay describing how Whistler's work, specifically this one, was such an influence on my work which was dealing with atmospheric effects created by tornadoes. The essay was the entry form for the INTERVENTIONS exhibition at the DIA. I was one of the 46 Michigan artists chosen to have our works hung throughout the museum, showing our works within the context of the collection at large.

My painting hung in the American galleries, right next to Whistler's. It wasnt the FALLING ROCKET, as it was on loan at the time, but my work hung next to the Whistler Self Portrait. I made sure to document the installation.

Thanks for allowing me to have that memory again, Ann!

5:53 PM  
Blogger art blogs are fun said...


I actually put that up for you! I was looking for a fireworks piece to post and I remembered back in basic painting how you showed a picture of that whistler and talked about its importance to your painting!

Have a good one!

7:55 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You are so sweet!

8:48 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Whistler was actually one of the first artists to start editioning prints.

How does everyone feel about that?

I have my own opinions, but I'm interested to hear other people's.

Regardless, the work is phenominal.

10:12 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think he also printed intaglios as unique pieces by inking each one individually to achieve the exact qualities of painterly tonality he required.

He and Rembrandt elevated the art of etching

3:29 PM  

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