The Slave Ship vs. Impression: Sunrise

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The Slave Ship vs. Impression: Sunrise
The Slave Ship by JMW Turner and Impression: Sunrise by Claude Monet share many similarities. Yet, they also have very noticeable differences. Both artists use the water as their main themes, but the way they use delivers contrasting messages. In addition, they both use oil paint as the art media. Both of the pieces were painted around the same time using a similar manner. The very first common theme in these paintings is the sea. Although Turner’s The Slave Ship shows a turbulent sea and possesses intensity, Monet’s Impression: Sunrise shows a calm sea. In Impression: Sunrise, Monet compasses blue and grey to produce a feeling of serenity for the entire landscape. The motionless sea and the sun exhibit sadness. Not only that, the use of blue and grey colors to show the vast emptiness represents loneliness. Also, this theme is demonstrated through the only object, the boat, in the middle of the landscape. The sun becomes the focus because of the red color. It is aimed to capture the fleeting life. Since this piece is painted during the Impressionistic period, the style centers on the overall picture, not on the details. Although some critics derogate Monet’s art for its quality as to whether it can be defined as impressionism, a reaction to the brutal and chaotic transformation of French life both in content and in style, Monet’s painting clearly suggests the fleeting life of urbanized Paris. Unlike the first piece I described, Turner’s The Slave Ship is more dramatic and intense. Through this piece, Turner aims to reveal his anger towards the issue behind the slave trading. His use of quick brush strokes and powerful colors of red, yellow, and black parallels the intensity of the piece. His innovative style of painting by defining outlines expresses both the painter’s emotional response to the slave trade and the forces
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