Suffer a sea-change: Turner, painting, drowning

Sarah Monks

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This paper reflects upon the implications of J.M.W. Turner’s close and varied attention to the depiction of sea-water. In particular, Turner’s ability to suggest the liquid depths and gravitational force of the sea – most particularly in Snow Storm – Steam Boat off a Harbour’s Mouth – is read as a means by which alternative forms of sublime experience might be conveyed, ones in which drowning rather than ascendancy are at stake.
Original languageEnglish
JournalTate Research Papers
Publication statusPublished - 2010

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