The oil painting Helvoetsluys ships going out to sea rendered by the English artist Joseph Mallord William Turner dates back to 1832, and it is one sample of Turner’s main subject: marines. It shows a fleet of ships at Sea.
In the center of the composition, there is a sailing boat which stands out from the rest of the vessels, for its sails are brighter than any other in the composition. The foreground shows a very dark shade of color, which gives the sensation that there is a possibility of stormy weather. In the distance, we can see many ships that are starting the journey along with these in the foreground.
Turner organized the composition in a way that the sky takes over two-thirds of the height of the canvas. With this proportion, the sky seems overwhelming and the ships, especially the ones dissolving into the distance, seem insignificant. Here, the artist used, with oil paints, techniques he had developed for watercolors. The result are layers of colors which he applied mainly in the sky.
The color palette is composed mainly of variations of blue. The hues of the clouds do not reinforce the idea of rain, but the direction Turner applied the paint give the impression of a drizzle. His intention might also have been of depicting sunbeams.
This confusion comes from the way Turner manipulated the materials. In a more advanced phase in his artistic production, we can see elements lost in a blur of paint. The Helvoetsluys ships going out to sea is a prior state of this phase.
William Turner was part of the Romanticism. He, like his contemporaries, depicted nature as something sublime. However, Turner went further and sought to express also the mood and sensations that nature transmitted when someone would interact with its phenomena. He was frequently criticized for this way of rendering nature with which he made it clear that the paintings were paint on a support, in opposition to the mainstream style of the Romantics. The widespread idea of the time was to render the beauties of nature in the most realistic manner, but at the same time making it look as fascinating as possible.
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