Thursday, April 13, 2006

Joseph Turner on Tour

Here's an excerpt from a book that I am currently reading, called "Turner on Tour."

"Burke postulated that landscape painting should be aimed at the infinite, the overwhelming, the heroic - at nature that aroused awe and terror in human beings. In contrast to the Beautiful, which - embodied in the smooth, small and synmetrical - arouses pleasure and joy, the Sublime should therefore be directed towards the esthetic experience of nature that is felt to be a threat, in the shape of tempestuous seas, vertiginous cliffs and extreme weather conditions. Delight in limitless nature was accompanied by a feeling of terroor, with a predilection for depiction of catastrophes of all kinds, as is also characteristic of Turner's work." - Turner on Tour, Inge Herold

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