J. M. W. Turner - Yacht Approaching the Coast 1835

Yacht Approaching the Coast 1835
Yacht Approaching the Coast
1835 102x142cm oil/canvas
Tate Gallery, London, UK

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From Tate Gallery, London:
In this painting the light in the sky and on the sea dazzles the viewer, obscuring the scene. This visual effect echoes the progress of Turner’s own work on the painting as he returned to areas of the canvas over a period of several years, covering the original subject. Dark shapes that appear through the layers suggest boats, while the buildings on the left have not been definitively identified but may represent Venice. By reworking the canvas, Turner has created less tangible subjects – those of light and colour themselves.