As I stood before his painting in a Sheffield museum, a tsunami of joy crashed over me.
Colours. Serene sweeps of colours. Crimson and beige and sapphire. Tangerine and brown. Beautiful colours. They dance across the canvas.
Tears - I'm not kidding - tears actually shimmered above my eyes, threatening to spill over. I was gripped by the painting, by standing afore a moment of history.
This joy was absolute, encompassing. Nature, beautiful, dramatic Nature.
Then, from the corner of my eyes, I spied movement. My friend unexpectedly stood beside me. He grinned and lifted his eyebrows. What's this abstract work about? His brows wiggled.
That moment of sheer joy evaporated.
|JMW Turner, Landscape with Water|
Source credit: Culture 24
Photography isn't allowed in the Millenium Gallery.
This photo, which I found online, simply
doesn't do the painting justice.