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Nocturne and Prelude

© Copyright Alessandra Kelley

These are two paintings made from the same preliminary sketch.

"Nocturne" is a fantasy of nighttime illumination.

"Prelude" is closer to how the original scene appeared.

The sketch for both paintings was looking northwards in an alley in Chicago towards the massive brick wall of the venerable Chicago Theatre (built in 1921 as the Balaban and Katz Chicago Theatre). The parking garage on the right was only partly completed at the time, accounting for the presence of a rubbish tip and a portaloo, as well as an open unfinished staircase towards the north end of the building. The building on the extreme left has since been demolished; it was one of several dubbed "the ugliest building in the Loop" by Chicago Tribune architecture critic Blair Kamin and features prominently in my painting "Persephone: State".