J. M. W. Turner - Snow Storm: Steam-Boat off a Harbour's Mouth
Joseph Mallord William "J. M. W." Turner, RA (baptised 14 May 1775– 19 December 1851) was an English Romanticist landscape painter, watercolourist, and printmaker. Turner was considered a controversial figure in his day, but is now regarded as the artist who elevated landscape painting to an eminence rivalling history painting.
Although renowned for his oil paintings, Turner is also one of the greatest masters of British watercolour landscape painting. He is commonly known as "the painter of light" and his work is regarded as a Romantic preface to Impressionism.
I find this work interesting because Turner did not use rich colours for his painting but it is still deep and there is a story behind this work. Steam-Boat off a Harbour's Mouth shows a ship off the English coast struggling to persevere through a storm. Rumour has that Turner actually had himself tied to the mast of a ship during the storm to get a better account of the wind and ocean and what the ship must've felt like in the midst of it.