Tuesday, 18 March 2008

Brentford's gift to the young painter, J.M.W. Turner - # 08/49

Close by the canal dock is a house (now a pub/restaurant called The Weir) where the young Turner lived from 1785-87. Here, inspired by the local countryside and waterways, young Turner started to paint his first water colours. His work is now priceless. Turner was known as "the painter of light" and is regarded as the "Father" of the Impressionist style so wonderfully practised by the great and much loved French painters 100 yrs later.


Imagine my amazement, when, walking a way from the house I turned a corner and was unexpectedly confronted by a stunning sunset reflected as golden light in the waters of the River Brent (now part of the Grand Junction Canal Dock basin).

I have tried to capture that sunset and its reflection in this photograph - a tribute to Turner.

Camera: Olympus C7070 WZ


  1. Good job, mate!
    Aren't these moments precious?

  2. I'd say you captured it perfectly; I like the narrative that explains the pic, too

  3. Turner is one of my favourite painters. - A great moment to see the sun disappearing behind the buildings.

  4. We can now see from where he got his first inspirations!

  5. I've made this comment on another of your posts before, but I get the description of "golden light" now.
    I don't think I've ever seen it here.
    We have amber or ochre or golden brown but we don't have that clean, cold gold colour.

    We have some Turners in a big landscape exhibition at the National Art Gallery at the moment - Turner to Monet The Triumph of Landscape - I'd love to go and see it.

  6. And WHAT a tribute to Turner. This is just stunning. Love Turner's paintings. Thanks for this.