This painting is a perfect expression of James Abbott McNeil Whistler's intent to create art for art's sake. Some of life's experiences are best depicted through nuance and implication.
James Abbott McNeil Whistler, Nocturne in Black and Gold: The Falling Rocket, ca. 1875, oil on canvas, 24 x 18 inches, Detroit Institute of Arts
Whistler had given to literally flinging paint at the canvas and had become quite masterful at it by the time he created this Nocturne series. This city scene expresses very well the intangible moment that a burst of fireworks can imprint in spectators' minds.
May you create memories and feel spectacular this holiday weekend.