Saturday, April 12, 2008

Paintings I Like, pt. 17

Joseph Mallord William Turner, The Harbor at Dieppe, 1826. Oil on canvas, 68" x 89."

Dieppe, on the Normandy coast not too far from Rouen, was a favorite destination of painters and writers in the 19th and the first half of the 20th century. Turner's painting of the harbor has that same peculiar power that Sanford Gifford was able to conjure up in Kauterskill Klove: the light is depicted so convincingly that the reflexive response to the painting is to squint.