Over a decade before his abstract master work  ‘Snow Storm – Steam-Boat off a Harbour’s Mouth’ (1842), Turner painted ‘Death on a Pale Horse’.

J. M. W. Turner’s late-life works were suggested as influencing French Impressionism. But, with ‘Death on a Pale Horse’, something altogether different was going on.

You will discover that this piece is unlike anything his contemporaries were painting in the first quarter of the nineteenth century.

This is Turner v. Death. And Turner wins. Turner wins for us; with magic. It is this that should be, arguably, Britain’s favourite painting.

It is this that is Turner’s unacknowledged masterpiece.

 

 

 

References:

[1] http://www.tate.org.uk/art/research-publications/the-sublime/joseph-mallord-william-turner-death-on-a-pale-horse–r1105617