Some Favorite Paintings — Nocturnes

These are some of my favorite paintings–they remind me of being on the beach on eastern Long Island late at night:

This is “Moonlight, Wood Island Light” by Winslow Homer. I stumbled across it at the American wing at the Met a few years ago and was really struck by it, but then had trouble tracking down the painter on Google for quite a while afterward. The Met also closed its American wing around this time for renovations, so I couldn’t go back and try to find it again for at least a year or two.

This is “Nocturne: Blue and Silver—Bognor” which I just found at a museum in DC.

I’m also a big fan of the Dutch cabinet paintings (there are many at the national gallery here in DC), which also tend to make good use of light and shadows.


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