Tuesday, February 15, 2011

‘Slave Ship,’ by J.M.W. Turner

tursla J.M.W. Turner, “The Slave Ship (1840),
a.k.a. “Slavers Throwing overboard the Dead and Dying—Typhoon coming on."
Oil on canvas. 90.8 × 122.6 cm

Turner saw an inhospitable malevolent universe, and he painted it. Like no-one before or since.

Give Simon Schama sixty minutes, and he’ll explain why the crusty old geezer could muster so much power.

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