"Nocturne: Blue and Silver — Bognor" • James McNeill Whistler • 1876
: I’m in love with how uninterested Whistler is in making the painting immediately legible to viewers—as unintrested as actual night. And how confident you’d have to be! as a painter! as a human! to let your work be this unapproachable without reaching into the abstract— it’s speaking a kind of predecessing, metaphysically imbued color-field theory. I’m in awe.