Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Turner "Rain, Steam, and Speed- The Great Western Railway"

This is an oil on canvas painting done by J.M.W. Turner in 1844. The painting depicts a steam locomotive making its way across a bridge. Turner chose to eliminate the detail in order to concentrate on the locomotive speeding over the bridge towards the viewer. Turner's goal of the painting was to illustrate the idea of speed, air, and mist through his use of blue and gold pigments. I chose this painting because I love how the train looks like it is in motion and has almost a 3-D effect as if the train were going to come out of the painting once it reaches the edge of the paper. 

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