Whistler's Nocturne: Blue and Gold Old  Battersea Bridge
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Nocturne: Blue and Gold  
Old  Battersea Bridge 
James Abbott McNeill Whistler -- American painter  
c. 1872-77 
Tate Gallery, London 
Oil on canvas 
68.3 x 51.2 cm (26 7/8 x 20 1/8 in.) 
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Whistler's studies of chromatic colors (studies in black, studies in white, etc.) were prime examples of his art for art sake. 

Nocturne: Blue was a painting depicting the Old Battersea Bridge across the Thames. But in this painting the bridge is distorted, bent and raised high into an arch.  Hokusai, one of Whistler's favorite artists, had done a similar scene of fireworks at night behind a tall wooden bridge. 



By:  Natasha Wallace
Copyright 1998-2005 all rights reserved
Created 1999


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