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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