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My favorite thing about this picture is the little bunny running for its life ahead of the train. Its one of those little details that art historians like to argue about. Some think it means that modernity is threatening nature and others think it means nature always wins. In my opinion, both views fit with Turner’s love and fascination of the outdoors.

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Joseph Mallord William Turner
Rain, Steam and Speed, 1844

My favorite thing about this picture is the little bunny running for its life ahead of the train. Its one of those little details that art historians like to argue about. Some think it means that modernity is threatening nature and others think it means nature always wins. In my opinion, both views fit with Turner’s love and fascination of the outdoors.

~

Joseph Mallord William Turner

Rain, Steam and Speed, 1844

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