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Produced by Turner in the Autumn years of his career, sometime between 1840 and 1845, this harsh oil painting presents us with a rather unorthodox Marine depiction. As is not uncommon for the artist, this painting steps away from the established style of its time, providing us with another example of Turner as an inspiration to early Impressionism, truly a painting ahead of its time. It is currently in possession of the Amgueddfa Cymru, the National Museum of Wales, in Cardiff.
Painted in cool colors, with strong and brisk brushstrokes, it presents in the foreground the wreckage of a ship caught by a storm, which itself fills the canvas with chaos, making it impossible to tell heaven from the sea. Further into the background, though, we can make out through the surf the sails of a second ship and, further into the distance, the silhouette of a third vessel.
There are no signs of life in the wreckage, almost as if the ship had sailed itself into this predicament. Even though it is not a highly realistic painting, there is no lack of detail in its depiction, with wood splintering and ropes snapping, truly a dynamic portrait of entropy. The mainstay of Turner’s work is, in fact, his innovative depiction of weather patterns, and this painting is a great example of that tendency, providing us with an intense rendering of severe weather and its consequences.
This foreground contrasts with the background in more ways than one, in that not only are the background ships, if not safe, at least whole, but there is also a stark difference in lightning and weight. This nigh extreme lightning is, of course, characteristic of Turner’s work, but, in this case, it also carries such a strong significance, as if the artist was portraying a gradient from utter chaos to blessed safety, from darkness to light, from three-dimensional detail to the smoky silhouette.
Lastly, it is interesting to notice that the positioning of the ships, especially the one further into the background, which is placed right at the Golden Point, betrays some relationship between them, even if only a conceptual one. It seems like the artist placed the wrecked ship as an omen to the others, which are at the margins of the eponymous storm, and whose safety depends on that positioning.
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If you have any request to alter your reproduction of The Storm, c.1840-45, you must email us after placing your order and we'll have an artist contact you. If you have another image of The Storm, c.1840-45 that you would like the artist to work from, please include it as an attachment. Otherwise, we will reproduce the above image for you exactly as it is.
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