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Rain, steam and speed. Great Western railway

Painting, 1844, 91×121.8 cm

Description of the artwork «Rain, steam and speed. Great Western railway»

"Rain, steam and speed" picture depicting dashing across the bridge Maidenhead over the Thames train, loved the Impressionists. In a sense, it is from this fog that surrounds the train, they themselves appeared. But, of course, Turner could not know that the new juxtaposition of speed and slowness of the outgoing is and the juxtaposition of the coming of impressionism and exhausted of academic painting. Claude Monet in a few decades will create his station a series of.

England in those years, the scope of this railway fever. Turner painted it in his way, without admiring the "iron horse". Not the machine he wrote, and the speed. Train like a tireless fierce beast rushes forward, followed by all hidden in haze. It seems that the train appears out of nowhere, varesa space, coming right for us, and after you're back in nowhere. A glittering sphere on the front of the engine – like an open mouth, is the most striking element of the painting. "We have a blinding vision or a fleeting reality?" asks attending a columnist for the Times. Fleeting reality? You also feel that soon there will be the Impressionists?

Boat with people on the left side of the train, the ghostly figures of dancing girls, still a farmer with a plow on the right, the silhouette of a hare on the tracks – it all seems elements of the passing world gives way to the new, high speed. But at the same time, and boats, and dancing girls, and a farmer with a plow, and wet fog, in which almost all of them dissolved in no time, they are and will be even after race the train. They do not keep up with this speed, but the train will leave and they will remain. Opposition "new outgoing" picture is similar to the mood famous "The last voyage of the frigate "Brave"".

Some researchers have matched the colours of this picture with the works of Rembrandt. "He is a master in the depiction of the fine line between morning and noon, the face that usually escapes"– recognized Dutch masterly possession of color and light an artist who devoted themselves to "God the sun".

Author: Alain Esaulova
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About the artwork

Art form: Painting

Subject and objects: Landscape

Style of art: Romanticism

Technique: Oil

Materials: Canvas

Date of creation: 1844

Size: 91×121.8 cm

Artwork in selections: 63 selections

Exhibitions history
Turner's modern world
October 28, 2020 − March 7