Saturday, 10 February 2018

Yves Beaumont / J.M.W. Turner

J.M.W. Turner
Sun setting over a Lake
ca. 1835-1845
oil on canvas
89 x 122 cm
Tate Gallery London

About my adoration for J.M.W. Turner…

'...Turner’s light is more dramatic, recording unique moments of sometimes cataclysmic power beyond man’s control or understanding whereas Beaumont’s, no less beautiful, has a human scale of deep melancholy which speaks of fortitude rather than awe, stoicism rather than impotence, above all silence rather than tumult. A silence that awaits a voice, the viewer waiting for vision to clear. Beaumont’s sun is caught not in smoke or tempest but in the fragments of frozen water or puddles in broken, saturated earth, captive in reflection only. Beaumont holds time still, more poignantly to record its passing. The long moments just before a dawn. The contradiction between eager anticipation and imminent regret.'

Michael Keenan & Keran James, London 2016

Yves Beaumont (BE)
After the storm (seascape)
oil on canvas
40 x 50 cm
private collection

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