J.M.W. Turner ~ Romance Era ~ 1800s ~ England ~ Art ~ 142 Slides
This is a comprehensive show of Turner's art, covering every phase of his career.
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Snow Storm, 1812: Hannibal & Army Crossing Alps
~ Oil on Canvas painting - Tate Britain, London, shown on next slide
~ Turner tackled one of the premiere military movements then known to the world: Hannibal crossing the Alps in 218BC during the Second Punic War.
~ Hannibal led his Carthaginian army over the Alps and into Italy, to take the war directly to the Roman Republic.
~ His soldiers are fighting locals in the dark parts of the painting; yet Italy shines with sun up ahead: his goal.
~ The Punic Wars were long over but Turner had a close parallel. The Napoleonic Wars were ongoing between Britain and France.
~ The white upper mass is an avalanche of snow in transit. In this one painting, turner uses wind, rain, snow and clouds, a meteorological tour de force. They all swirl and whirl wildly together.
~ Turner repeated this weather effect in many subsequent paintings.
~ While Turner was the light and atmosphere painter of the Romance era, John Constable was part of the same movement but studying clouds and the science of them.
~ Both Claude Monet and Camille Pissarro would study turner and constable so that their own work in rendering fog, mist, snow, rain and frost was equally successful.