Nocturne in Black and Gold, The Falling Rocket, by James Abbott McNeill Whistler, c1875, Poster Print


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Museum-quality posters made on thick matte paper. Add a wonderful accent to your room and office with these posters that are sure to brighten any environment.

Nocturne in Black and Gold, The Falling Rocket, is a painting by James Abbott McNeill Whistler, created around 1875. It is an example of the artist's signature style, known as "tonalism," emphasizing muted colors and atmospheric effects to convey a sense of mood and atmosphere. In this painting, Whistler depicts a cityscape at night, with a falling rocket depicted in the center of the composition. The rocket is depicted as a bright, fiery trail of smoke and flames set against a dark sky and cityscape.

The painting is notable for its dynamic composition and use of light and shadow to create a sense of movement and drama. The rocket's trajectory is depicted using bold, sweeping brushstrokes and high-contrast colors, creating a sense of energy and momentum. The cityscape is rendered more muted, with buildings and other structures depicted as simplified, abstract shapes. This emphasizes the rocket's central role in the composition and its importance as a symbol of modernity and progress.

Overall, Nocturne in Black and Gold, The Falling Rocket is a striking example of Whistler's tonalist style and remains an important work in art history. It continues to be widely admired for its innovative use of color, light, and composition and its enduring themes of progress and modernity.

Nocturne in Black and Gold, The Falling Rocket, A Poem by N. N.

A canvas of night, a sky of ink and gold,
Where sparks of light, like shooting stars, unfold.
A city scene, a blur of shapes and shades,
A blur of life, that hustles and cascades.

A rocket falls, a trail of smoke and flame,
A symbol of the modern age, its aim.
To reach the stars, to defy gravity's pull,
To soar and shine, to surpass and rule.

But as it falls, its fate uncertain, bleak,
It leaves behind a wake of fire and heat.
A brief, bright burst, a momentary glow,
A fleeting flash, that swiftly comes and goes.

So too, perhaps, the fleeting dreams we hold,
The hopes and plans that fade, as time unfolds.
But still, we try, we reach and strive and yearn,
To grasp and keep, to burn and brightly burn.

• Paper thickness: 10.3 mil
• Paper weight: 189 g/m²
• Opacity: 94%
• ISO brightness: 104%
• Paper is sourced from Japan

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