Jack Christian

  • Joseph Mallord William Turner, The Burning of the Houses of Lords and Commons, 16 October 1834, ca. 1834–1835, oil on cavas, 36 1/4 x 48 1/2''. Photo: Cleveland Museum of Art.
    slant January 11, 2022

    Blood Meridian

    TO VIEW A J. M. W. TURNER sunset in Texas, as I did recently in Fort Worth at the Kimbell Art Museum’s “Turner’s Modern World”—an exhibition making its stateside debut after premiering at Tate Britain in London—is to wish Turner might have had the opportunity to paint a Texas sunset. In fact, I came away from the show thinking that in a slightly altered universe, Turner could have been a Texan. The ferocious clouds the lifelong Londoner dangles above cowering people evoke the feeling, if not the geography, of Texas, and his canvases, like many things in the longhorn state, are applauded for the