SIA Inspiration: James McNeill WhistlerPosted: February 1, 2016
Since this week’s SIA coincides with the Lunar New Year, I decided to pick a celebratory piece, “Nocturne in Black and Gold: The Falling Rocket” by James Abbott McNeil Whistler:
It may look straightforward enough to our modern eyes, but when this painting first came out, it stirred up great controversies due to its abstract and unconventional feel, and even caused a lawsuit between Whistler and the art critic John Ruskin (Whistler won, but ended up bankrupt anyway.) Despite this slightly depressing background, I still think it’s appropriate for the Lunar New Year, with the firework displays and the rich dark tones.
So if you want to participate, just send me your outfit post and/or photo by next Monday, February 8 (the first day of the Year of the Monkey!) Have fun!