December 28, 2022 – January 28, 2023
Childs Gallery is pleased to present our latest online exclusive exhibition, Nocturnes.
James McNeill Whistler popularized the term “nocturne” in regards to works of visual art. Prior to Whistler’s novel usage of the term, nocturnes referred to a musical compositions, usually an ensemble piece in several movements, intended for an evening party. During the Romantic era nocturnes underwent an evolution, they became single-movement character pieces usually written for solo piano that were meant to be evocative of night. It was with this latter association in mind that Whistler began to incorporate the word in his titles, creating night scenes with a dreamlike, pensive mood. Since then the term gained a broader usage and has come to refer to any artwork that either directly represents a night scene or is evocative of night.
In this exhibition we present a wide array of works from our collection, including paintings, pastels, prints, and watercolors from a diverse set of artist, including Jean Michel Mathieux-Marie, Frank Benson, Leo Meissner, Resa Blatman, and many others.
About Childs Gallery: Established in 1937 on Newbury Street in Boston’s Back Bay, Childs Gallery holds one of the largest inventories of oil paintings, drawings, watercolors, prints and sculpture in the United States. We actively service collectors, artists, estates and corporate clients throughout the country in the buying and selling of fine art, and have placed exceptional works in major museums nationwide. Our extensive holdings – including prints and drawings that range from Old Masters to 20th century notables to 21st century contemporaries, along with superb paintings and sculpture from the past 200 years – are particularly appealing to the eclectic tastes of today’s art lovers, as it’s the collector’s eye, not the historic period or medium, that makes for a cohesive and personally satisfying collection.