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Thursday, 24 March 2016 07:47

The Slave Ship

This work is a reproduction of the painting The Slave Ship, by J.W. Turner (1840) (you can read more about the original painting here).

As I haven't seen this particular painting live, I relied on photos I found on the internet in order to complete this copy. Unfortunately there were many versions /images of the painting with differences mainly on the saturation of the colors. In fact I used a different version than the one depicted on the link above. 

I began the painting almost without any initial drawing (I had only marked the ship and the horizon). You can see two of the stages of the work in the gallery below. I tried to create textures through thick layers of color applied with knife (spatula). Because I used acrylics and not oil colors it was more difficult to make as soft the color transitions as the ones in the original painting. And this I suppose is one of the various differences /mistakes of this copy. However, both because of the work involved and its subject this painting is one of my favourites. 

Additional Info

  • Medium: acrylics on paper
  • Size: 50 x 70 cm
  • Date: 2016
  • Availability: Not available /Private collection

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