May 28th, 2006

art

Art on Sunday: Harmony in Blue and Silver

James McNeill Whistler (1834–1903)
Harmony in Blue and Silver: Trouville, 1865
Oil on canvas
J.M. Whistler, Harmony in Blue and Silver: Trouville
Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Boston

This painting reminds me a little bit of a picture I took in Florida in 2004. I'm no James McNeil Whistler, of course, but I think it's one of the best pictures I've ever taken.

And now for something completely different: speaking of James McNeill Whistler, I cannot see that name without hearing Graham Chapman saying it in the "Oscar Wilde" sketch, which I first heard on the Monty Python album Matching Tie and Handerchief. It's funnier now that I know what "a dose of the clap" is.