J.M.W. Turner’s Shade and Darkness – The Evening of the Deluge is an 1843 companion to Light and Colour in which Moses is shown writing the Book of Genesis. This present work is enormous in the scale of its pictorial world which befits the subject.
There is subjective and expressive emotion in the technique, as well as a rendering of Goethe’s Theory of Colours, a theoretical work that greatly influenced artists of the time. Thus, the painting shows the alliance of art and science. This is a primeval swirling vortex that seems to either underline providential power or create doubt in a universal order. The sky is swept with screaming birds and the land animals trudge afflicted to the Ark.
J.M.W. Turner’s The Evening of the Deluge is in the Tate Gallery in London, United Kingdom.