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Rain, Steam and Speed The Great Western Railway  1844

Joseph Mallord William Turner’s Rain, Steam and Speed - The Great Western Railway painted in 1844 is a contrastingly earthy vision of the future, intermingling the natural tones and colors of the English landscape with the starting new invention of the industrial revolution – the steam engine. Turner’s powerful and seminal reproduction of the speed, movement, and energy of the industrial revolution takes an eastward view of Maidenhead Railway Bridge, crossing the Thames towards London. The misty haze captures an image of diagonal forms and surprising color combinations and variants, focusing the viewer’s eye on the rapidly moving train. Addressing the new technology that would revolutionize world travel and communication, Turner illustrates the two elemental forces of this new invention: speed and steam, unifying form and content in this remarkable canvas. Representing the beginnings of the ambitious technocracy of Victorian Britain, Turner emphasizes the raw emotional and physical dimensions subsumed into the landscape.

First exhibited at the Royal Academy in 1844 and now in the collection of the National Gallery, London, Rain, Steam and Speed - The Great Western Railway is a proto-Impressionist reproduction of one of the many private British railway companies created to harness this new means of transport. Lost to the untrained eye, in the bottom right corner of the painting one can make out a tiny hare. Many argue that the hare is either running in fear of the machinery or acting as a totemic warning that these billowing machines may subsume nature. Either way the hare is an elemental part of this supreme study of speed and movement.

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Rain, Steam and Speed The Great Western Railway 1844 Joseph Mallord William Turner

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