The Unstable States exhibition has been running for a while now, so I thought I’d share some results regarding traffic to the blog. The most popular searches have been for the artist JMW Turner or for specific works by him, with folk … Continue reading
Today marks the anniversary of Turner’s death on 19th December, 1851. Over 20,000 works in his possession at the time, including oil paintings, watercolours and drawings, were bequeathed to the nation. He was not always appreciated by art critics during … Continue reading
John Ruskin greatly admired Turner’s treatment of clouds and commented that “other great men coloured clouds beautifully, none but he ever drew them truly”. What do you think of Turner’s sketchy, almost impressionist painting of sunlight reflected on wet sand?
Turner used a technique called ‘scratching out’ to achieve the realistic white spray and foam of the waves. He grew his thumbnail especially for this purpose.
Storm waves like those depicted are responsible for the flint deposited along the coastline of Orford Ness, forming the largest vegetated shingle spit in Europe.
Sidmouth is no stranger to violent sea storms. This watercolour was painted not long after the ‘Great Gale’ of 1824 described by an eye witness: “Twern’t a sea – not a bit of it – twer the great sea hisself rose … Continue reading
Passengers arriving in Calais in rough seas must have been grateful to set foot on solid ground again. The original painting by Turner can be viewed via this link to the National Gallery.