Wednesday, 25 November 2015

'The Falling Rocket' by Whistler - 1875

James Whistler said that he ‘mixed his paint with his brain’.

James Abbott McNeill Whistler (1834-1903), Nocturne in Black and Gold, The Falling Rocket, 1875
Oil on panel, 60.2 x 46.7 cm, Collection Detroit Institute of Arts

Art transports us from the world of man’s activity to a world of aestetic exalation. For a moment we are shut off from human interest; our anticipations and memories are arrested; we are lifted above the stream of life. – Clive Bell (1881-1964) ‘The Aesthetic Hypothesis’ /1914

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