Nocturnes in art means art inspired by night. Originally referring to music, American painter James Whistler is said to have first used the term “nocturne” to describe his night paintings. I had become familiar wit the works of Whistler over the years, but I really discovered Whistler’s nocturnes in an exhibition of the works of Turner, Whistler and Monet. The exhibition traveled from Toronto to Paris to London in 2004-05.
Seeing the art of these three masters in one massive exhibition was fabulous, but Whistler’s nocturnes made a lasting impression.
Over the years I painted a number of night landscapes. This is one of my recent nocturnes.