J. M. W. Turner: Painting Set Free

Venice at Sunrise from the Hotel Europa, with Campanile of San Marco, about 1840
Photo © Tate, London 2014
24 Feb 2015

J. M. W. Turner: Painting Set Free

J. Paul Getty Museum

February 24–May 24, 2015

Venice at Sunrise from the Hotel Europa, with Campanile of San Marco, about 1840 Photo © Tate, London 2014

Venice at Sunrise from the Hotel Europa, with Campanile of San Marco, about 1840
Photo © Tate, London 2014

This exhibition features over 60 oil paintings and watercolors by J.M.W Turner (English, 1775 – 1851).  Turner is one of the most influential painters of nature and was most creative in his work after turning 60 years old.  In his day Turner was frequently misunderstood and mocked because he chose unusual subjects, experimented with different canvas formats and incorporated free and spontaneous techniques in both his oil and watercolor. Today he is viewed today as one of the towering British artist of the 19th century.

“The exhibition shows an artist at the top of his game, totally at ease with his media, and still keen to push boundaries and challenge assumptions. We see how Turner was modern in his own time, but the results are astonishing even for us today.”

– Julian Brooks, one of the exhibition curators

The Sea

Whalers , exhibited 1845 Photo © Tate, London 2014

Whalers , exhibited 1845 Photo © Tate, London 2014

Peace - Burial at Sea, exhibited 1842 Photo © Tate, London 2014

Peace – Burial at Sea, exhibited 1842 Photo © Tate, London 2014

The exhibition was organized by Tate Britain, in association with the J. Paul Getty Museum and the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco.

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