Storms often feature as a dramatic and component of Turner’s . In these three , gathering storm clouds above a menacing sea provide the artist with the opportunity to experiment with contrasting areas of dark and light.
Turner has combined fluid washes with energetic brushstrokes to create a sense of perpetual movement and change in the weather. Each preserves a unity between the sky and the water, the energy or stillness of the waves mirroring or balancing the dynamic masses of the clouds.
Gallery label, July 2008