Sunday, 2 November 2014

Late Turner - Tate Britain

J.M.W. Turner, Norham Castle, Sunrise, c1845
Late Turner - Painting Set Free is at Tate Britain until 25 January 2015.
Mike Leigh's film Mr Turner has been released to ecstatic reviews (Observer, Guardian, Telegraph) and should make for an enjoyable complement to the Tate's equally well received exhibition of the artist's late work. The exhibition surveys Turner's paintings made between 1835 when the artist was 60 and 1851 when he died. Although his work was inevitably affected by the infirmity of old age - apparently exacerbated by the consumption of alcohol to counteract a hand tremor associated with the onset of Parkinson's disease which in turn led to diabetes (see Dorment) - Turner produced some astonishing work in this period ranging from the luminous ethereality of Norham Castle, Sunrise, c1845 (above) to the epic, classical myths and landscapes such as Ancient Rome; Agrippina Landing with the Ashes of Germanicus, 1839 (below).
Read reviews by Peter Conrad, Richard Dorment, Ben Luke  Karen Wright and Jonathan Jones.
Click on images to enlarge.

J.M.W. Turner, Ancient Rome – Agrippina Landing With the Ashes of Germanicus, exhibited 1839
J.M.W. Turner, Modern Rome – Campo Vaccino, 1839
J.M.W. Turner, Peace – Burial at Sea, exhibited 1842

J.M.W. Turner, Snow Storm – Steam-Boat off a Harbour’s Mouth, exhibited 1842
J.M.W. Turner, Light and Colour (Goethe’s Theory) – the Morning after the Deluge – Moses Writing the Book of Genesis, exhibited 1843
J.M.W. Turner, Rain, Steam, and Speed – The Great Western Railway, 1844
J.M.W. Turner, A Disaster at Sea, c1845
J.M.W. Turner, Sunrise with Sea Monsters, c1845
J.M.W. Turner, The Angel Standing in the Sun, 1846

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