Turner: Peace – Burial at Sea

Joseph Mallord William Turner
Peace – Burial at Sea
Exhibited 1842

Turner: Sun Setting over a Lake

Joseph Mallord William Turner
Sun Setting over a Lake
circa 1840

Turner from the Tate – The Making of a Master

The Art Gallery of South Australia hosts 'Turner from the Tate – The Making of a Master', the first major Australian exhibition of the work of iconic British artist J.M.W. Turner in almost 20 years. 8 February - 19 May 2013

Source: Art Gallery of South Australia

The exhibition provides an introduction to the great nineteenth-century landscape painter – Joseph Mallord William Turner – and to the collection of his works at Tate Britain. Drawing on the comprehensive range of oil paintings, watercolours and sketchbooks that form the Turner Bequest, the exhibition explores Turner’s innovative creative processes that have inspired successive generations of artists.

Art Gallery of South Australia Director, Nick Mitzevich said “Turner from the Tate marks a return of grand international exhibitions to the Art Gallery of South Australia, both in terms of artistic scholarship and popular programming. It also represents a rare opportunity for Australian audiences to experience why J.M.W. Turner is acclaimed as one of the greatest landscape painters of all time.

Turner dominated the art world in Britain for over forty years, creating images that document a dramatic period of political change and bore witness to the advance of industrial developments. But Turner was just as susceptible to the tranquil charms of the Thames valley or the pastoral splendor of ‘Capability’ Brown’s park at Petworth. Stunning watercolours from all periods of his working life reflect his extensive travels in Britain and in Europe, culminating in his atmospheric views of Venice and Switzerland.

Turner from the Tate presents over 40 oil paintings and 60 watercolours. The exhibition provides an intimate overview of Turner’s career as an artist, drawing on the uniquely rich and personal range of material that he bequeathed to the British nation. It includes ‘finished’ paintings that Turner exhibited in his lifetime, many of which proved controversial with their first audiences, as well as the revelatory canvases that only came to light after his death, such as "Stormy Sea with Dolphins" (c.1835–40), or the haunting painting called "A Disaster at Sea" (c.1835), which records the shipwreck of a convict boat bound for Australia. His studio also contained countless sheets of paper on which he set down ideas in watercolour that still seem as fresh as when they were painted, as well as hundreds of sketchbooks, some of which will be shown for the first time in Australia. Only through this comprehensive collection can audiences travel back in time and join Turner as he drew and painted his way through life, observing his development from a precocious thirteen year old boy to one of the greatest painters of nature’s light, colour and atmosphere.

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