“Nocturne in Black and Gold – The Falling Rocket”, James Abbott McNeill Whistler. 1877

Nocturne in Black and Gold – The Falling Rocket is most famously known as the inception of the lawsuit between Whistler and the art critic John Ruskin, who accused Whistler of “flinging a pot of paint in the public’s face.”
Ultimately Whistler sued Ruskin for libel in defense. Though Whistler didn’t lose, he won hardly anything and “after all the court costs, he had no choice but to declare bankruptcy. Whistler was forced to pawn, sell, and mortgage everything he could get his hands on. Whistler included a transcript of the case in his 1890 book The Gentle Art of Making Enemies.”
Information via Wikipedia

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