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Zug Lake - William Turner. 29.8x46.6
The landscapes of William Turner (1775-1851) stand apart not only in English, but throughout the whole world painting: the artist created them at a time when few people understood such art. In his work, the romantic perception of the world was combined with the desire to convey the momentary state of nature, the manner of writing with light, flying strokes and a heightened sense of color, which was later characteristic of the impressionists.
Lake Zug Turner captured after a trip to the Swiss Alps, where he brought in outline views. The artist masterfully painted watercolors, the lake he painted with free, flowing brush strokes, the mountains were more fractional and whimsical, and he achieved the effect of foggy haze as follows: the already painted colorful layer was rubbed. And he completely shot it in those places where solar glare should have appeared on the water. The color of the picture was unusual for its time: Turner was not afraid of saturated colors, for example, he depicted mountains in the distance, using almost pure ultramarine.
The lake is one of the protagonists of this picture, the other, as in most of the painter’s works, is the sun. Its rays breaking through the veil form a whirlpool of light, as if there, above, splashing water. People on the shore are busy with their daily activities, they are interested in the painter insofar as their life is connected with the lake. Nature captivated Turner so much that if a man appeared in his works, he played a secondary role.