'The Wreck Buoy', Joseph Mallord William Turner

Ships and boats in stormy sea

The art critic John Ruskin, a great admirer of Turner|, described this as ‘the last oil he painted before his noble hand forgot its cunning’. It is a re-working of an earlier picture and a summation of Turner’s concern with the sea. The artist’s pessimistic view of human endeavour and the fallacy of hope is symbolised by the rainbow and the wreck buoy beneath it. 

 

Please note: this painting is on loan to the National Maritime Museum in London, for their exhibition 'Turner and the Sea'. The exhibition runs from November 2013 until April 2014. National Museums Liverpool apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.

 

Artwork Details

Medium and Support: Oil on canvas
Date:1849
Accession No: WAG 310