Description of the picture:
Blizzard – a steamer leaves the harbor, giving signals in shallow water and measuring the depth of the lot – William Turner. 1842. 91.5×122 cm
It is not so easy for the modern viewer, who is familiar with the work of the Impressionists, and with many modernist movements, succeeding each other in an unbridled rhythm at the beginning of XX century, to understand the genius of William Turner. To realize the full depth of the innovation of this painter, it is necessary to imagine the time and artistic canons of that time. In an era where realism ruled, Turner was an outstanding phenomenon – not everyone was given the opportunity to understand the abstract images, techniques and color schemes of the master.
So this work seems to us as a kind of dynamic image, striving to convey the feeling, the mood of what is presented in the program of the painting “Snowstorm …”. For all its abstraction, the picture does not represent a chaotic set of local color spots; on the contrary, the whole image is subject to a single movement that transmits a whirlwind of a snowstorm through which a ship goes out into its voyage, probing the bottom with a navigation device, so as not to be endangered by such a time is shallow.
Turner did not have direct followers, however, many impressionists admitted that his paintings were the source from which both his own style and the artistic direction as a whole grew."