While abroad, Whistler did not forget to make use of oil paint, he painted in oils some seven or eight views. Painting was for him a minor, almost spare time activity, in Venice. He chose to focus on other mediums because being something other than typical was important to him. Whistler, Nocturn in Blue and Silver: The Lagoon which was finished in 1880 can be connected to Impressionism or Tonalism. Titles were important to Whistler. It appears music was a vital or inspirational part of life for Whistler. It is easy to imagine the effect that modernization and the 1800s had on music. This art piece depicting the nocturne (or the night) feels tranquil. Whistler was able to capture the essence of the city highlighting the peacefulness and beauty while approaching what the city had to offer in a distinctive fashion.