EY Exhibition: Late Turner - Painting Set Free by Amy Concannon
Gallery: ‘The EY Exhibition: Late Turner – Painting Set Free’ at Tate Britain
By Richard Dorment. Every generation makes JMW Turner over in its own image. Then came Turner and the written word. Beginning in the s scholars began to study the many allusions to history, science, philosophy and myth embedded in his landscapes. They showed that what distinguished Turner from 18th century predecessors such as Richard Wilson is that he used the medium of paint to express his thoughts on subjects ranging from morality and religion to current events. Next it was travel.
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Mr Turner and the Summer Exhibition
We spoke to David Blayney Brown, co-curator of the new exhibition at Tate Britain, which is the first comprehensive show devoted to the late works of Turner. Click here for a gallery of highlights from the show…. But that does not mean it is just about technical virtuosity. It is actually the first comprehensive show devoted to Late Turner, and coincidentally it is happening in the same year as exhibitions of Late Rembrandt and the late Matisse cut-outs. Not really planned, but interesting! We hope there will be a sense of transition but also synthesis in the work shown. I am only one of three and we are a team.
Turner created between and his death in Highlights of the exhibition include such important pictures as Ancient Rome; Agrippina Landing with the Ashes of Germanicus and Modern Rome — Campo Vaccino , rarely reunited since first exhibited together in ; The Wreck Buoy ; and magnificent watercolours like Heidelberg: Sunset c. It is a panoramic survey of a bountiful and significant period of exceptional energy and vigour, maintained despite failing health. Challenging the myths, assumptions and interpretations that have grown around his later work, it reveals a painter as distinguished by the broad scope of his knowledge and imagination as he was by his radical and exploratory techniques, processes and use of materials. As much as he brought renewed energy to the exploration of the social, technological and scientific developments of modern life, in such icons of the machine age as Rain, Steam, and Speed — The Great Western Railway , he remained as deeply engaged with the religious, historical or mythological themes that linked him to the cultural traditions of his era. Here at last is the Turner who matters — the man who invented modern painting. Jonathan Jones, The Guardian.