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Arguably part of Turner’s seminal work, this Marine depiction of a dramatic scene in stormy waters was created in the artist’s early career at the request of Lord Francis Egerton the 3rd Duke of Bridgewater and is now in possession of the National Gallery in London on loan from a collector. It was originally produced to be a companion piece to an older and famed painting by 17th-century Dutch painter Willem van de Velde, “A Dutch Ship and Other Small Vessels in a Strong Breeze,” from 1658, already in possession of the Duke.
As such, it is impossible to analyze this painting without being taken back to its predecessor, both for comparison and for contrast. If the Dutch master’s painting presents an almost idyllic scenery of boats gently sailing in an orderly fashion, Turner’s companion piece adds a whole aspect of chaos to the scene, with harsh sea conditions and a seemingly unavoidable disaster.
Both paintings share a very similar composition, with a “kaag,” a small trading vessel, in the foreground and a man-o-war, a much larger military vessel, in the background. While the flags of the ships are not visible in Turner’s depiction, their build, style and, of course, the proximity to van de Velde’s piece would make it clear to the observer that they are of Dutch provenance.
The chaotic aspect of Turner’s painting lies not only in the even smaller vessel about to crash into the “kaag,” but spreads throughout the whole painting. From the dynamic waves that seem to come out of the painting to the dark, heavy and ominous clouds foretelling even more dire weather ahead, the whole seascape breathes danger for the crews of the small ships, which shake in the wind, their sails full providing no control over their destiny.
The man-o-war in the distance does little to dispel such feeling of doom, being so far that its shape blurs in the horizon, nothing but a dark silhouette, a faraway observer of the looming disaster. Furthermore, Turner’s use of a yellow tone over the painting’s cold colors brings a contrast which lends even more dynamism to the scene, with a hue that, instead of adding a comforting warmth, reminds the observer of fire and death imminent. Such contrast is characteristic of Turner’s work and serves to reinforce the weight of the darkness approaching.
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