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If you could own any famous painting in the world, which one would it be?
The Fighting Temeraire (JMW Turner 1838)
I know that once before I posted a similar article, but perhaps many here did not see it, or if they did, did not take the opportunity to contribute to it, and since it will provide a break from the Trump obsession, I decided to do it again.
My personal choice is based upon my experiences that originated when I was in university, having majored in English Literature. I was prompted by John Ruskin's essays about the brilliance of the works of J.M.W.Turner, whose pre-impressionist paintings became my favourite artworks. Ruskin, who was an art critic, was enthralled by the works of Turner, contrasting them with another English painter of the era, William Constable, whose almost photographic life-like paintings, did not impress him. When I was in London I made it my business to go to both the Tate and National Galleries to see his original works, as most of them are in those two galleries. Whenever I would go to another major city I would try to go to its major art gallery to seek out if they had an original Turner on display. He is categorized as a Romanticist, but was criticized for being too modern. However, later on the French Impressionists were influenced by his works and their style closely resembles that of Turner.
My favourite painting of all time is Turner's The Fighting Temeraire, which in my opinion, does not only depict an actual event, but displays the emotion of the end of usefulness, as the great multi-masted sailing ship is towed into harbour by a steam-driven tugboat. It indicates the sunset of an era - depicted by the sunset sky. It helped to underscore my choice when I read a few years ago that a poll of the English people chose that painting as their favourite of all time.
The story of the painting in Wikipedia:
The Fighting Temeraire tugged to her last berth to be broken up, 1838 is an oil painting by the English artist Joseph Mallord William Turner. It was painted in 1838 and exhibited at the Royal Academy in 1839. The 98-gun ship HMS Temeraire was one of the last second-rate ships of the line to have played a distinguished role in the Battle of Trafalgar in 1805. The painting depicts HMS Temeraire being towed by a paddle-wheel steam tug towards its final berth in Rotherhithe in south-east London in 1838 to be broken up for scrap. The painting hangs in the National Gallery, London, having been bequeathed to the nation by the artist in 1851. In 2005 it was voted the nation's favourite painting in a poll organised by BBC Radio 4's Today programme.
There are two things that I took into consideration here. Not only is the painting one that I would mount on my wall so that I could look at it often and allow it to "Take me on a trip upon your magic swirlin' ship"*, but it is an object that will not only retain but probably increase in value as time goes on. Please post (just one, if possible) your choice of famous painting - the image if you can, and an explanation of why you chose it.
*Mr. Tambourine Man (Bob Dylan)