Additional Information In lieu of an abstract, here is a brief excerpt of the content: I greatly regret that I am not among you in New York to attend this great Conference, which John Bryant has directed with so much love. But, believe me,John, I am not absent. We see each other not by our eyes, but by our minds, where there are no eyes.
The relationship of Nature and Man in Turner’s sea-scenes and Melville’s Moby-Dick
The work is an epic sea story of Captain Ahab's voyage in pursuit of Moby Dick, a great white whale. Since Jackson was not much of a reader, there is a legitimate question as to how much, if any, of this novel he ever got through by himself. He certainly appears to have somehow absorbed the general theme of Moby Dick, perhaps from high school English, or through the interest in Melville of Krasner and others around him a kind of "fad" for Melville was at its peak in the early forties. Whatever the extent of his actual exposure to the novel at the time he painted Moby Dick, there did seem to be certain almost uncanny analogies between the author of that nineteenth-century novel and Jackson Pollock, in both subject matter and style. Pollock shared with Melville not only feelings of paranoia, but also a definite preoccupation with moody and tragic violence, and their mutual penchant for uncertain and indefinite imagery is seemingly equivalent. Because of these similarities both, projected in their respective art forms, a particularly "American chiaroscuro. Fish and what appear to be lower marine forms toss about on the waves, although no discernible white whale is anywhere in sight.
In his essay, Bulkington, J. Wallace obviously did not regard the influence subconscious as he believes The Lee Shore chapter and Bulkington to be expressions of admiration toward Turner and his work Wallace , and he has a firm ground to claim so, knowing that Melville had access to the Lee Shore-engravings mentioned above; nevertheless, there are other cases when textual evidences do not abound to substantiate the hypothesis of a possible relation: The cruelty of Man and Nature: Sharkishness as an overruling principle is presently circumscribed to the nature of a harpooner and whaling; however, it does not remain so: Mingling their mumblings with his own mastication, thousands on thousands of sharks, swarming round the dead leviathan, smackingly feasted on its fatness.