2 Replies to “Eye Candy for Today: Turner’s Rotterdam Ferry-Boat”

  1. This seascape was exhibited in 1833 at the Royal Academy, where Turner taught as the professor of perspective. Conquering the problem of creating a believable sense of space across a featureless expanse of water, Turner anchored the carefully aligned design upon a small passenger ferry. From this foreground focus, a row of larger ships moves backward over the choppy waves on a diagonal line, generating a remarkable illusion of depth. The warship’s Dutch flags and the skyline of Rotterdam pay tribute to Turner’s predecessors, the marine painters of seventeenth-century Holland. In particular, the low horizon and cloud-swept vista derive from harbor scenes by Jan van Goyen and Aelbert Cuyp.
    Source: The National Gallery of Art

  2. At seeing the sick passengers on the ferry boat (I know the feeling all too well), at a glance a family of four, father, mother and two small children, I immediately thought of making myself a quick cup of coffee, and simutaneously surfed for coffee paintings, but came up with How to paint with coffee.

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