Joseph Mallord William Turner
Seascape with Storm Coming On c.1840

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Seascape with Storm Coming On
Date c.1840
Medium Oil paint on canvas
Dimensions Support: 914 x 1216 mm
frame: 1122 x 1448 x 82 mm
Acquisition Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Not on display

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Unfinished works, such as this, provide an opportunity to scrutinise Turner's techniques closely. Though the process has been interrupted, these pictures reveal much about how he built up his images.

Turner has begun this work with two distinct areas of colour for sea and sky, washed in very broadly. He used a similar method in the large batch of watercolours known as 'colour beginnings' that he produced from the late 1810s onwards. The lower of the two areas is an extraordinary golden colour, permeated by passages of grey and black. The surface is further animated with light, but very deliberate, touches of white, green and brown.

August 2004

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