McNeil Whistler's river view is from Battersea Bridge looking across the Thames towards Chelsea, in hues of blue and silver. The lights in the distance draw us to the city ahead.
James Abbott McNeill Whistler
Nocturne: Blue and Silver - Chelsea
50.2 x 60.8 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.