J. M. W. Turner - Two women and a letter 1835

Two women and a letter 1835
Two women and a letter
1835 121x91cm oil/canvas
Tate Gallery, London, UK

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From Tate Gallery, London:
Here, Turner seems to be working towards a romantic or literary subject akin to his Shakespearean Jessica which was exhibited in 1830 and is exactly the same size. Both works are in a style indebted to Rembrandt, and Turner could also have been exploring parallels with exotic women painted by Rembrandt. Moreover the narrative being developed here, seemingly of a letter concealed by one woman from another, may have been associated with that of his earlier Rembrandt's Daughter, in which the painter interrupts his daughter while she is reading a love letter.