Rockets and Blue Lights (Close at Hand) to Warn Steamboats of Shoal Water

Oil on canvas | 36.2 x 48.1in | 1840

Joseph Mallord William Turner

In many of his late paintings, Turner used vigorous brushstrokes and loosely defined forms to explore dramatic struggles between human beings and the elements. This work shows a storm raging in an English harbor town. Flares explode in the sky to ale...
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