This picture was shown at an exhibition in 1877 dedicated to the opening of the Grosvenor Gallery, and caused sharp attacks from the famous critic and art theorist John Ruskin.
In his review, Ruskin called this work “a pot of paint splashed in the face of the audience.” During the trial, the artist was asked how much he himself assesses his picture and how long it took him to “make it”. To this, Whistler replied: “I, as you put it,” made “this picture in two days.” One day I left to write it, and the second – to finish. ” When asked if he thought the price of 200 guineas was too high for a work done in just two days, the artist said: “No.
In order to write this picture, I needed the experience of all my life. “An interesting detail: during the trial of” Nocturne in Black and Gold “stood before the judges upside down.” Whistler won this process.