Thursday, June 4, 2009

Snow Storm

Snow Storm - Steam-Boat off a Harbour's Mouth, exhibited 1842
J.M.W. Turner (1775-1851)
oil on canvas

Beauty and violence and near abstraction. J. M. W. Turner's scenes of the British landscape from land to sea are powerful, usually with a central "vortex" pulling the viewer in.

"It is famously said that Turner conceived this image while lashed to the mast of a ship during an actual storm at sea. This seems to be nothing more than fiction, but the story has endured as a way of demonstrating Turner’s full-blooded engagement with the world around him" (From the display caption February 2004)

The fierceness of nature, expressed through the masterly painting technique, try to see a Turner if you haven't, online digital images? No justice.

This work is from the Tate, which has an incredibly significant collection of works by Turner. A few years after Turner's death his estate of paintings were bequeathed to the nation (England) and those 300 or so painting make up the majority of the Tate's collection. Highlights of the collection.

1 comment:

plumtree said...

great movement, puts me right there