amsterdam sunset, 20 august 2009

Yesterday evening the sky was like a series of paintings by JMW Turner. While I marvelled at (and happily snapped) it I wondered if he’d ever travelled to Holland and painted the Dutch sky… I think he would’ve liked it!

sky above Amsterdam, juxtaposed with detail from JMW Turner's 'Rain, Steam and Speed'

top: amsterdam sunset 20.08.2009
bottom: JMW Turner, detail from ‘Rain, Steam and Speed’, 1844, oil on canvas

sky above Amsterdam, juxtaposed with detail from JMW Turner's 'The Burning of the Houses of Lords and Commons, 16th October, 1834'

top: amsterdam sunset 20.08.2009
bottom: JMW Turner, detail from ‘The Burning of the Houses of Lords and Commons, 16th October, 1834’, 1835, oil on canvas

sky above Amsterdam, juxtaposed with detail from JMW Turner's 'Sun Setting over a Lake'

top: amsterdam sunset 20.08.2009
bottom: JMW Turner, detail from ‘Sun Setting over a Lake’, c. 1840, oil on canvas

sky above Amsterdam, juxtaposed with detail from JMW Turner's 'ers throwing overboard the Dead and Dying...'

top: amsterdam sunset 20.08.2009
bottom: JMW Turner, detail from ‘Slavers throwing overboard the Dead and Dying – Typhon coming on’ (or ‘The Slave Ship’), 1840, oil on canvas