Tuesday, June 30, 2015
J. M. W. Turner: Rain, Steam, and Speed
We finally saw the Mike Leigh film Mr. Turner, about the great 19th century British painter. The movie was short on plot, long on verisimilitude, and utterly indelible. Well worth a look. His paintings pointed toward abstraction and often featured swirling energy, sometimes in depictions of storms and battles at sea. Here he captures the arrival of the steam engine in a famous painting from 1844, which was late in his life. He favored palettes of yellow, gold, and red, and left the serene seascapes in blue to others. Not a people-pleaser, that Turner.