Rain, Steam, and Speed – The Great Western Railway

This animated landscape painting of a large railroad train among a misty atmosphere. By coupling a sweeping natural landscape with technological innovation, Turner offers a commentary of the role of mass transit in an uncertain future. In true Turner fashion, the colors are swirled and melded together, leaving it up to the viewer to decipher individual forms, usual detailed by the title of the piece.

Creator: Joseph Mallord William Turner

Date: 1844

Original Medium: Oil on canvas

Original Size: 91 x 121.8 cm

Location: National Gallery London