© Tate, London 2019 | Licence: CC-BY-NC-ND 3.0 (Unported)
© Tate, London 2019 | Licence: CC-BY-NC-ND 3.0 (Unported)

Two Fishing Boats Seen from the Shore

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Turner was a creative painter, constantly striving for new effects and different ways of doing things. He liked to experiment with various types of paper and coloured grounds. This seascape has been executed on a white paper prepared with a grey-brown wash. This has proved particularly effective for showing a cloudy sky threatening rain and a churning, cold English sea. Unfortunately this watercolour has faded, and the background now appears more pinky-brown. The breakers have been picked out in white gouache (opaque watercolour) highlights.
Gallery label, September 2004
Credit line: 'Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856'
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