Tate curator, Philippa Simpson, gives an insightful reading of this painting, revealing the choices that the artist made to achieve his climatic composition.

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In this series of short films, Tate celebrates The Google Art Project, a unique collaboration with some of the world’s most acclaimed art museums that enable people to discover and view more than a thousand artworks online in extraordinary detail. These pairs of short films approach four famous works from Tate’s collection - which feature in the online project - from both personal and curatorial perspectives. The viewer is invited to learn more about the work in a traditional art historical context, but also encouraged to access the work through personal histories that uniquely relate to the subject of the painting.