​William Turner - Snow Storm - Steam-Boat off a Harbour’s Mouthoil on canvas, 1842, 91 x 122 cm, National Gallery in London

Fight of the elements!


Picture description and interpretation of the famous painting "Snow Storm - Steam-Boat off a Harbour’s Mouth" by William Turner!

William Turner — Snow Storm - Steam-Boat off a Harbour’s Mouth​

In the middle of the picture the sky is clearing. Sea and clouds show themselves in strongest movement. The energetic centre seems almost like a suction into which the surroundings can be drawn. Here is still a steamship, which has his right trouble in the midst of the battle of the elements. In terms of composition, however, it blends homogeneously into its surroundings - Turner painted the entire painting in shades of brown. Only the thin mast protrudes as a clear form into the height.

Turner's motif is not immediately apparent to the viewer. His painting style alone, reminiscent of the pastness of a watercolour painting, gives the impression of a ship plagued by snow and wind. Turner was to perfect this style in the course of time - it was no longer colours and shapes that were important to him, but only the reflection of the light that gives reality its contours and forms.

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