June 1 is the opening date for the fabulous Turner from the Tate – The Making of a Master show at the National Gallery of Australia, Canberra. The ‘painter of light’ Joseph Mallord William Turner (1775-1851) was a key figure of the romantic age and one of Britain’s greatest artists of all time. Turner was born into a family of modest means but had good health and a long life and it enabled him to pursue his artistic development to full fruition. He is seen today as bridging the gulf between the eighteenth century tradition of landscape painting and the art of the present day, creating a vision that pulsated with colour and atmosphere.
His confrontation with late seventeenth century French painter Claude Gelée known as Claude Lorrain (1600-1682) , who blended architecture and nature together in a pictorial effect, made an indelible impression on Turner and his work. Viewing the Turner’s in London made a lasting impression on French painters Claude Monet and Camille Pissaro when they went to visit that city in 1870. There they saw the paintings of both Claude and Turner (1775 – 1851) and they seized upon the delicate, hazy, fleeting thing that Turner captured so well – breathtaking nuances of light.
The exhibition will provide a comprehensive overview of the artist’s development and offer extraordinary insights into Turner’s working life and practices. It will feature 110 works, including 40 oil paintings and 70 works on paper and will convey just how Turner established himself as an English Romantic landscape painter, water colourist and printmaker producing works that conveyed artistic, historical, and emotional meanings. Buy Tickets Here