Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Back to Turner....

Over the Black Sea one really does see some great 'Prussian Blue' moments sometimes with a little Payne's Grey thrown in for good measure. The sky was made for Prussian Blue.

Snow storm, Steam boat off a harbour's mouth
Turner could create a broiling vortex of doom-laden cloud from what must have in actual fact been a less dramatic experience. Despite this his works manage to make it all seem very believable. The story goes that he lashed himself to the mast of a ship for four hours in a snow storm. Critics suggest that this was a myth and I'll take their word for it, but the resulting painting (above) is still spectacularly alive, one can still feel the heave of the swell and the blast of the wind.


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