I did not paint it to be understood, but I wished to show what such a scene was like; I got the sailors to lash me to the mast to observe it; I was lashed for four hours, and I did not expect to escape, but I felt bound to record it if I did.

— J. M. W. Turner, Snow Storm: Steam-Boat off a Harbour’s Mouth


I did not paint it to be understood…

like paint show understood wished