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How can Art influence our views Images have been used for thousands of years to change them For example the early religious figurines or the present day modern media photojournalism What makes paintingsespecially this one special is the way they grip you nearly forcing emotions on you The story behind it if orally told is sad and cruel but the painting gives a much heightened sense of this giving it more poigniency and suffering The painting in question Slavers Throwing Overboard the Dead and Dying Typhon Coming On 1840 by Joseph MWTurner 1775-1851 is a medium sized908x1226 cm oil on canvass In Turners own life time it was owned by his dear friend Ruskin Now it belongs to the Museum of Fine Arts in the fair city of Boston The first time it was publicly displayed was in London during the annual exhibition of the Royal Academy 1840 The painting depicts a true story that during a storm in 1783 Captain Collingwood ordered his crew of the Zong to throw all the sick and dying slaves off the boat The reason being that it was possible to claim insurance if a slave was killed in a storm but not if heor she was killed by disease or otherwise The colours are the most striking element to this painting They are typical of his late style using reds and bold primary colours What really gives the painting its power is the opposed hot and cool colours For instance the dark areas of sea are a stark contrast to the flare of bright light in the center This gives a visual clash to the painting it was to strongly influence Monet in his Gare StLazare series giving it a monumental sense of power Unfortunately the strength of the colour is lost on the postcard reproduction The dazzling whites of the breaking waves to the left of the painting and of the sun are lost As are
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