As clean as a whistle

This gallery consists of my favorite pieces by James Abbott McNeil Whistler. Specifically his dark but mysterious harbors of the sea. The Paintings are only that of his "Nocturne" and "Grey and Silver" collection. A short dreamy composition of paintings that I really bring the musical works of the French composer, Claude Debussy's music to life. It is suggested that you listen to Nocturnes, L. 91:1. Nuages while viewing the following gallery.

Nocturne: Blue and Gold—Southampton Water, James McNeill Whistler (American, 1834–1903), 1872, From the collection of: The Art Institute of Chicago
The painting depicts a dreamy, foggy bay harboring large ships. The time is either dawn or dusk (I like to think, its dusk). Tiny row-boats watch as the sun goes down. The faint orange sun and the large ship really go along with my theme of dreamy images. They make you think of a world that isn't our own.
Grey and Silver: Old Battersea Reach, James McNeill Whistler (American, 1834–1903), 1863, From the collection of: The Art Institute of Chicago
The painting is during the day. Its a busy morning with industry booming on the shore, and men working in the marina. They seem to be working after some sort of problem; one of the boats looks cap-sized. The picture fits because of its ability to ounce again tell several different stories but with nothing specific to say.
Nocturne, James Abbott McNeill Whistler (American, b.1834, d.1903), 1879 - 1880, From the collection of: Cincinnati Art Museum
This pencil sketched illustration contains a grand war ship making berth with a large city in the background. This one is very basic; very general. Anything could be happening, the ship might not even be a war ship, it could be a wreck after a large battle and the town, a battleground. Therefore a good addition.
Nocturne in Blue and Silver: The Lagoon, Venice, James Abbott McNeill Whistler, 1879 - 1880, From the collection of: Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
Perhaps my favorite painting in the collection. Night time. Ships rest in the water while small row boats conduct some sort of micheif. The land civilizations are all snug and asleep with there lights out. The picture obviously fits in with my theme of dreams and mystery because just like the first one, it gives a feeling of mystery and surrealism.
Nocturne: Black and Red - Back Canal, Holland, Artist: James McNeill Whistler, 1883 or 1884, From the collection of: Freer and Sackler Galleries
A sleepy town at night, with buildings lining the streets. This could be the most thought provoking painting in the collection. Two humanoid figures are in the corner; one is clearly wearing white while the other is black. What are they doing? That proves my point I think.
Nocturne: Blue and Silver--Battersea Reach, Artist: James McNeill Whistler, 1870-1875, From the collection of: Freer and Sackler Galleries
Another dreamy ship yard. Very mysterious. A town can clearly be seen across the water, and a dock with a crane. It really hits home on my theme of dreamy sights because look at it; it is literally a dream. Not much can be made out and it is left up to the viewer to determine.
Nocturne in Blue and Silver, James McNeill Whistler, 1872 to 1878, butterfly added ca. 1885, From the collection of: Yale Center for British Art
Much like most of the other paintings in Nocturnes, it is a dark water bay with a town on the far side of the water and a mysterious figure in the middle ground. very dreamy as per usual.
Harmony in Blue and Silver: Beaching the Boat, Étretat, James Abbott McNeill Whistler, c. 1897, From the collection of: Harvard Art Museums
Beautiful painting. The waves of the ocean come crashing onto the shore line. A storm approached the land. People struggle to drag their boat inland to avoid the storm. this picture really leaves most of the creativity up to you. Its fits my collection perfectly. Are the men stranded on a South Pacific island. Are they pirates in the Caribbean? It really does leave it up to viewer to create a story from it.
Grand Canal, Amsterdam; Nocturne, Artist: James McNeill Whistler, 1883 or 1884, From the collection of: Freer and Sackler Galleries
A lonely Amsterdam lake walk with a city of light across the water. The night is ver bustling with people. It fits my collection very well because of how blurry and dreamy it looks.
Nocturne; Grey and Gold - Canal; Holland, Artist: James McNeill Whistler, 1883-1884, From the collection of: Freer and Sackler Galleries
The picture is of a mysterious city with figures in the foreground, witch look like either people or possibly plants. The picture gives a very uneasy feeling, like someone is being stalked. Very jack the ripper 'esq. Thats what its a perfect fit for my dreamy collection.
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