William Turner  - Rain, Steam and Speed

Turner - Rain, Steam, and Speed
Williams Turner - Rain, Steam, and Speed (1844)


Already in distant 1844 the English painter William was fascinated by the immense dynamism of the new technology. His probably best known picture lives in lower half on the brownish, in the upper ones, however, from a teamwork of bright colours. Golden light illuminates the whole picture, holds all together on top and below. As usual, the painter is also here interested primarily in the elements rain, steam, water and light - but also in the drunkenness by fire, the speed.

On the lower part on right a hissing steam engine attacks from the middle of the picture out, out in the width. The bridge is curious, far and firmly over the sea or the big river, a low wall protects from the precipitous fall, in the big curve under the machine the water is reflected. In perspective accordingly to the second bridge, it leads from the left in the middle of the picture. Does the big town lie there? Or does the sun which almost shines through the picture with her mild rays set there?



atmosphere and landscape

The amusing colour effects of the atmosphere and the reference to  landscape contrasting strongly with the hard pressing ahead of the steam engine. The railroad engine is foreign in her environment, the speed is black like misfortune, she whirls own wind and storm in a mess and pollutes the air. The motor power works disconcerting in contrast to the idyll with the little ship on the water. Where will this provoked journey probably go in the future?



Romantic and naturalistic impression painting

William Turner - The grand canal, Venice

William Turner - The grand canal, Venice (1835)


The English painter William Turner traveled widely, especially the sea and atmospheric conditions in the mountains each caught his greatest attention. So he painted his impressions in Venice, at different times of the day - what later the Impressionist painters Claude Mnet very impressed.

In the picture from the Grand Canal offers the clarity of the Italian sky, the colors and movements on the water surface and the Venetian boats. The ease of two gondolas right of the picture and its shadow in the water is a sign of the quality of this Romantic painter.