Citation"Nocturne in Black and Gold: The Gardens
(James Abbott McNeill Whistler) , 1943.171,” Harvard Art Museums collections online, Feb 22, 2024, https://hvrd.art/o/230028.
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This hazy landscape painting verges on abstraction, as sketches of figures and objects are formed with quick brushstrokes and minimal detail, approximating limited night vision. A group of small café tables and chairs occupy the foreground, with two women in hats and skirts, one of whom appears to be bending down to pick up a dropped handkerchief as the central figures of the composition. Light emanates from an enclosed porch at the left and billowing smoke rising past the right edge of the canvas. A walking figure’s red shirt and small red dots in the distance, suggesting city lights, punctuate the muted palette dominated by warm brown and amber tones.