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Generally understood as simply a night scene, the term nocturne refers to the quality of light in a painting, and can be twilight, waxing or waning light, or the darkness of night.
Nocturne speaks as much to the mood of a painting as it does the quality of light. Artists use this to create narratives and convey a mood that can be dreamy, ethereal, menacing, meditative, brooding, or poetic.
Gerald Cassidy, Sketch for Spanish Dance Scene (Mural for Santa Fe Country Club)(detail), circa 1920, oil on canvas panel, 14 1/2 x 25 1/2 in. Collection of the New Mexico Museum of Art.Gift of Mrs. Gerald Cassidy, 1963 (1094.23P) Photo by Blair Clark