The image attached here is a work of J. M. W. Turner executed around 1840 on canvas and painted in oil. Although the great merit of Turner's art was his ability to paint in oils but using techniques more typical of a much more aqueous material such as watercolor. This is due to the immense expressive capacity of his paintings, deserving of being hung in major museums around the world, in this case where the painting is part of theTate Collection in London.
Sunset over Lake Turner
In this image, the theme apparently has little to do with other works of his such as Snowstorm or Rain, steam and speed, where the atmosphere he creates is much more brutal. However, despite being a work in which a sunset is represented, he applies the same pictorial concepts, something recurrent in all his painting in which any atmospheric phenomenon takes on an unusual role, even when he makes works with a more literary argument like Hannibal crossing the Alps, also be its skies and light that fill the canvas and eclipse the arguments of the narration.
In this case, Turner places the sun in a vortex with a very intense color, and from there it changes the texture of the paint in the different areas of the sun. frame. Warmth predominates in the tones toimmediately capture the heat of the sun, especially in its central point, from where it is softened with blue and white brushstrokes, almost glacial, in the upper right corner of the canvas.
These are imprecise brushstrokes, which give the whole a characteristic blurry appearance, something that in life meant that on many occasions it had to be heard that he created “unfinished” works. A consideration that changed radically over the years, when his painting was tremendously influential on later artists, especially among the masters ofImpressionism.
And that Turner's art is fully an artist ofRomanticism, since his images are based on one of the key concepts of that artistic movement. A principle that said that the paintings, and in general any artistic creation, should provoke an emotional response from the viewer. In this case he invites us to experience the sublime, because he deals with the theme of the sunset that occurs any afternoon and anywhere in the world, but he captures it as a true miracle of nature, and presents us with a perfect sunset.
he Immediately directs our gaze towards the sun, which occupies not the center, but the lower left corner, but leads the viewer's vision there by means of circular brush strokes. And the big question is where is the lake alluded to in the title? Each person who contemplates the painting has to look for it and each one interprets its location