Joseph Mallord William Turner
Sea-Piece and Stormy Sky c.1822–3

Artwork details

Artist
Title
Sea-Piece and Stormy Sky
From Ports of England Sketchbook
Turner Bequest CCII
Date c.1822–3
Medium Watercolour on paper
Dimensions Support: 257 x 178 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D17728
Turner Bequest CCII 9
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Catalogue entry

In this drawing Turner captures the churning energy of a storm at sea. The elliptical shape of the sky evokes the force of wind stirring the clouds. A sense of motion is created by the interplay of fields of translucent wash contrasted with vigorous dry brush-strokes representing pockets of atmospheric disturbance. The surge and swell of the water is suggested instantly by a few curving, roughly hewn brush-strokes.
Verso:
Blank

Alice Rylance-Watson
March 2013

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