Friday, December 19, 2008

The fighting Temeraire

Or to give this masterpiece its full title: The fighting Temeraire tugged to her last berth to be broken up. The English artist Joseph Mallord William Turner (1775-1851) is often seen as one of the founders of impressionism, even though he had his roots in romantic English landscape painting. This painting from 1838 is one of his best known - it was voted Britain's "greatest painting" in a public poll organised by the BBC in 2006. In my opinion this is one of the best paintings of the 19th century: I love the colour schemes here. More on Turner in the wikipedia article linked to below.