Monday, June 18, 2012
Turning to Turner
I saw the above painting by J.M.W. Turner at the MFA when we were in Boston last month, and he's been on my mind ever since. Without getting into any art historical or art critical territory, I must say that I just really like Turner. Maybe it's because, as my English lit professors were so found of saying, we're all still really Romantics, but almost more than any other painter he seems to me to capture the way light, and the world, really do look--not literally, of course, but emotionally, in those moments when you're feeling most receptive to the the beauty and joy inherent in things. Woo-woo as that sounds, I stick by it.