Friday, January 18, 2008

Solace



Something warmer is called for: Mortlake Terrace oil by JMW Turner (1775-1851)
Mortlake is a London suburb on the Thames river and looked to be a peaceful place back in 1827.
Those are lime trees along the walkway with what I believe is ivy growing up the trunk for the wrapped effect. I always think of the colors being muted yellows in the olden days because you rarely see a bright blue sky in the old depictions. I just read that he pasted the dog cutout into the scene since it added interest and he was rushed to get the painting to a showing. Those could be people in the background? May have to visit the National Museum in DC to be sure.



Thanks rdg

19 comments:

Dr Selby Whittingham said...

Though the Frick or National Gallery said that the house has been demolished, it still exists, and the scene has not changed much. One can work out the exact spot to within an inch or two on which Turner stood.

Nessa said...

It does look warm and inviting.

polona said...

this painting really has a warm feeling and that dog immediately draws attention.
thank you for sharing.

Sophia said...

We went to the National Gallery a few years ago and had a great time. I bought a book that has some of their collection depicted in it. If you want me to look anything up in the book just let me know.

I've never seen this painting before. The sun in the near-center and its reflection on the water is like a magnet to my eyes.

Mother of Invention said...

Ah, the old cut and paste trick from Gr. One saves the painting!

Marion said...

I think the same, about skies being golden years ago. When I try and "age" photos, I try for the yellow tones, and it always gives me the look I want.

Hope you're hanging in after that ice Storm.

Katie McKenna said...

I like the amber tone.... interesting about the cut out. Thanks for the sharing!

Itkupilli said...

Hi Goatman, very nice you visited my blog again! :))

And nice post, and you made this painting very interesting!

Margie said...

Very nice painting, and I think the dog does add interest!

Margie

Reign said...

that painting is a thousand words...lovely. ;0)

Squirrel said...

all golden and warm...

~beth ♥ said...

I love this painting! Thanks for stopping by the poetry portion of my blog! It's good to "meet" you!

jim said...

I think I just heard JMWT is coming to Dallas, if not here already..not sure, I'll check.

He is/was great, love his work, love the atmosphere effects and his handling of them.

Azer Mantessa said...

ooo man ... that is a fantastic ambient colouring!

d. chedwick bryant said...

this reminds me that this is the perfect time of year to get me to a museum for a whole day...

ANNA-LYS said...

Hello,
Thank You for visiting, so I could find Your interesting blog :-)

The art piece;
Very harmonic and peaceful ... kind of inviting one to sit down and participate. Thank You!

Naj said...

Great to see you goatman, it's been a long time.

I am VERY VERY VERY interested to know about Baizai's documentary.

His films, in my judgement, are not very easily accessible to non-Iranians. As a matter of fact, he is on the one hand very expressionist in cinematic style and also very literary ans historical as far as the content and context goes, and he is not very interested in pleasing his audiences. I wouldn't know how to subtitle his films. I wouldn't even understand a whole lot of them :))

Oh I am SO curious to see what he said in his documentary!

Annie Wicking and Loman Austen said...

Hi Goatman, thank you for dropping by. It was lovely to hear from you.

I love art too thank you for sharing the wonderful painting with us.

Best wishes
Annie

Naj said...

Hi Goatman, I think the Mercedes driving dude is Benjamin, the singer :)

Thanks for the link.

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