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The oil painting War, the Exile and the Rock Limpet was made in 1842 by the English artist Joseph Mallord William Turner. It was made to be always hung alongside the painting Peace – Burial at Sea from the same year.
This sunset landscape was painted around the time Napoleon’s ashes were brought back to France in 1840. Turner had used war themes in his paintings before, and in this case, he did it to represent decay and humiliation, which were the conditions in which Napoleon lived his last days. The artist wanted to contrast the rendering of his great friend Sir David Wilkie’s burial which had shown tremendous dignity with the lack of it from Napoleon's death.
The pair of paintings were exposed in 1942 and got some harsh reviews. Turner’s idea was to create two opposites: in Peace, he used a cool palette, full of shades of blue and abundance of dark tones, whereas in War he used a warm palette and the dark tones are always lighter than the ones of the Peace canvas.
In this canvas, we see Napoleon in the Saint Helena island where he was sent into exile. The shapes of the elements in the compositions are dissolved and cannot be recognized with certainty. This was a factor that did not please the artists and critics of the time, mainly because the pair Peace was not painted in such a bold manner. The shapes there were easily recognizable.
This rendering is considered essential for the development of Turner as a painter with a unique style. The work Rain, Steam, and Speed – The Great Western Railway, painted only two years after, takes this style to the next level. However, it received a significant number of positive reviews from the public in general.
The shape of the War canvas is very unusual, for it is an octagonal canvas. Even though it is supposed to represent negative things, as Napoleon was an enemy of England and Turner was very nationalist, the colors he used to render the setting sun are incredibly beautiful. The water in the foreground reflects these colors making the whole compositions look mesmerizing.
William Turner was always a very polemic artist. His innovative styles, which resemble in some aspects that of the Impressionism, which is a movement that happened after his death, granted him several negative reviews but also many positive ones.
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