Dieppe is a commercial and fishing harbour
port of the North-West of France,
in the department of the Seine-Maritime,
at the edge of the English Channel,
with the mouth of Arques.
From 1819 Turner travels to Europe and
discovers France, Switzerland, Holland, Italy
and Germany. It makes sketches and will paint
the paintings later. It is in love with the light
of it’s diffusion, it’s reflections in water and the colours.
It is difficult to classify works of Turner
in a particular movement. The atmosphere
is romantic here but the painter is also
realistic by the precision of his key and
does not hide any detail. Another painter
would have made disappear the refuses
which float in the port. (See Zoom).
But especially Turner by its treatment
of the light, the effects of fogs, its manner
of outlining the characters and of diluting
the forms is impressionist 45 years before
impressionism really does not exist.
Claude Monet will never hide the admiration
which it carries in Turner as it will not hide
either the fact that it is inspired some.
And especially, at the end of its life,
late Turner for its dynamic treatment
of the natural luminous effects, manages
to be detached from its subject and delivers
practically abstract and modern paintings
that its contemporaries did not understand.
But how can one understand a painter
who has 70 years in advance ?
Point of view :
The point of view of the spectator is a
little in lower part of the
The glance of the spectator is first of
all attracted by the sun and its reflection in
Then it explores the details on the