Rain, Steam and Speed - Joseph Mallord William Turner. 91x121.8
The late 1430s was a time of general enthusiasm and admiration for the railways. Puppeteer "A passing song", written on the occasion of the opening of the first railway between Tsarskoye Selo in 1837, at the same time as Turner (1775-1851) made sketches for the picture presented.
The artist, with his rebellious spirit, appreciated the speed and comfort of this form of movement. John Ruskin, a passionate admirer of the painter who created the five-volume treatise "Modern Artists", testifies that Turner got the idea to create this picture when he was riding on a train during a storm and looked out the window. The view that opened his eyes struck him, and the master expressed his impressions in the canvas. True, the artist could not write as Ruskin mentions. The viewer seems that the engine is moving towards him. With the impressionistic image, the real locality is recognized - the Maidenhead viaduct across the Thames, built shortly before the work appeared.