Whilstler's dark grey and blue painting is dominated by Battersea Bridge on the Thames in London, with Chelsea Old Church and the lights of the newly-built Albert Bridge just visible in the background.
James Abbott McNeill Whistler
Nocturne: Blue and Gold - Old Battersea Bridge
68.3 x 51.2 cm
Oil on canvas
Date of work
An American painter, printmaker, designer and collector, James Abbott McNeill Whistler was active in England and France. Whistler developed from the Realism of Courbet and Manet to become, in the 1860s, one of the leading members of the Aesthetic movement and an important exponent of Japonisme. He acted as an important link between the avant-garde artistic worlds of Europe, Britain and the USA and has always been acknowledged as one of the masters of etching.