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Produced near the end of Turner’s career, this marine depiction hides much beyond what can be perceived in a cursory observation. Finished between 1840 and 1845, Turner would have returned a few times to add more to the canvas, creating multiple layers and light effects. Now in possession of the Tate Britain in London, this piece requires, then, a more detailed approach to be wholly understood.
At first sight, it would seem to be a mere blurry canvas with the shape of sails barely visible and a distant horizon more or less perceivable through the difference of color between the dark blue sea and the light sky, even though the exact point of where one meets the other is not easily delimited.
But, upon closer inspection, one will notice that all light in the painting emanates from the lighter part of the sky in the center. In fact, in an almost early Impressionist fashion, Turner emulates the optical effect of the observer being dazzled by the sunlight as it is reflected by the sea, creating this blurriness and difficulty to define the features of the landscape properly.
Escaping then, his early picturesque style, where the landscape was shaped to fit ideas of beauty and the sublime, the artist now shapes the perception of the observer, producing a snapshot of what may or may not be an existing landscape.
On that aspect, there has been some discussion as to where the buildings that can almost be made out in the left of the painting’s background, with some experts stating that it might be Venice. Regardless, the cityscape becomes hidden under layers added later, which spare only the sea closer to the observer and the boat’s sails, the lightest element in the composition.
In this piece, Turner goes beyond his previous ambitions. Having mastered the craft of portraying nature in all its beauty and might, he now portrays nature’s effect over the observer itself, showing nature as the naked eyes would see it on a sublime moment of an afternoon of bright sultriness on the coast of an undefined sea.
More than speaking to the observer’s artistic sensibilities, the piece seems to aim to connect as well with an emotional memory of idle time spent by the sea observing the ships that he spent much of his career portraying being, in that way, almost auto-biographical in spirit.
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