The Wreck Buoy card

National Museums Liverpool, Walker Art Gallery / Art UK

The Wreck Buoy

WAG 310

On display

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The art critic John Ruskin, a great admirer of Turner, described this as, "...the last oil he painted before his noble hand forgot its cunning." It is a re-working of an earlier picture and a summation of Turner’s concern with the sea. The artist’s pessimistic view of human endeavour and the fallacy of hope is symbolised by the rainbow and the wreck buoy beneath it.