The Slave Ship, Turner


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The Slave Ship, Turner
    1. Figures and ship not immediately obvious: as if engulfed by the storm. Could also signify the disregard the slaves were treated with
      1. Horizon is tilted; viewer sways as if with sea-sickness
      2. LIGHT
        1. The overall light is dark and red, gives air of sombre violence
          1. the light that shears through the sky could represent God and his retribution
          2. CONTEXT
            1. Painted at the end of his life and seen as a joke in comparison to the Rococo style of the time
              1. Painted in response to the call for slavery to be banned in 1840
                1. Paints a slave ship from the 1700s called the Zong: The captain, faced with sickness on board, threw over 130 African slaves overboard with hands and feet tied so he could claim the insurance for "losses at sea"
                2. Photography recently invented
                3. TECHNIQUE
                  1. Heavy emphasis on facture: paints with thick brushes, pallet knife, rags and even hands
                    1. Modern approach as focus on the expression: violent technique reflects violence of the scene
                      1. Turner intrigued by the atmosphere of the painting rather than the detail, emphasis on the hectic cruelty of the disaster
                      2. CONTENT
                        1. A Ship is battered by a powerful storm, just off-centre to the painting
                          1. The sky is raging with the typhoon: red clouds roll in from the right and a shear of light cuts through the centre of the painting
                            1. In the foreground, bodies and fish alike seem to be thrashing for survival in the frothing water
                            2. INTERPRETATION
                              1. More than just a documented historical event, Turner captures the inhumanity of man-kind
                                1. The monstrous sea creatures represent the monsters and demons of our subconscious, hinting at what we are capable of beneath the surface
                                2. Turner illustrates the unequivocal power of nature: the sublime
                                  1. the patch of blue sky, tucked into the left hand corner, could represent the hope of a future without slavery

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