SIMON HEFFER HINTERLAND
In this remarkable pair of seascapes, Turner reveals his unique knack for transmuting loss into beauty
War and Peace is a novel by Leo Tolstoy: but it is also a matching pair of paintings by Joseph Mallord William Turner, first exhibited in 1842, hanging adjacently in Tate Britain. It must be 40 years since I first saw them, and Peace made the greater impact on me; perhaps because I heard music in my head when I saw it.
It expresses calm through a blueness in its palette. Its evocation