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Turner Keelmen heaving in coals by moonlight
Size: 22 x 28"
On England’s River Tyne, near the mining city of Newcastle, stevedores called keelmen transfer coal from barges, or keels, to oceangoing vessels. The harsh glare of the workmen’s torches contrasts with the funnel of creamy light emanating from the moon. Critical opinion about Turner’s unusual nocturne was divided. One reviewer observed: “It represents neither night nor day, and yet the general effect is very agreeable and surprising.’ Printed on heavy linen finsih paper, this poster is of fine quality.
Turner, one of the greatest landscape artists who ever lived is a modern painter interested in the sublime; he portrays the awesome, untamed power of Nature towards mankind. The subject of shipwrecks, fires or natural catastrophes as well as natural phenomena (like sunlight, storm, rain, fog) is a statement of the smallness of mankind towards Nature. In his paintings humans are depicted as mere peons of Nature. Like most Romanticists, Nature (landscape) is a reflection of the own's soul or mood.
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