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Nocturne in Black and Gold (Whistler)

Listed under Works of Art in Detroit, United States.

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James Abbott McNeill Whistler (July 11, 1834 – July 17, 1903) was an American-born, British-based painter and etcher. Averse to sentimentality in painting, he was a leading proponent of the credo "art for art's sake"...In 1878 Whistler sued the critic John Ruskin for libel after the critic condemned his painting Nocturne in Black and Gold: The Falling Rocket...Though suing for one thousand pounds plus costs, Whistler won a mere farthing in nominal damages. The cost of the case, together with huge debts from building his residence, "The White House" in Tite Street, Chelsea, (designed with E. W. Godwin, 1877–8) bankrupted him.

Nocturne in Black and Gold: The Falling Rocket, painted circa 1875, now hangs in the Detroit Institute of Arts.

See the work on the Tate Website.

Written by  Amber Due.

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