Turner back for Canberra’s 100th winter


“A disaster at sea”

THE National Gallery of Australia has announced it will host a major international exhibition by J.MW. Turner during winter 2013, as a highlight of the Centenary of Canberra. 

“Turner from the Tate: The Making of a Master” will offer fresh perspectives on J.M. W. Turner, one of Britain’s greatest artists and renowned as a key figure of the Romantic period. His paintings and watercolours are much admired for their experimental character and celebrated as highly modern.

London’s Tate Britain, from where the exhibition is drawn, holds the largest collection of Turner’s works in the world as a result of the Turner Bequest, which was the artist’s gift to the British nation.

The exhibition will provide a comprehensive overview of the artist’s development and offer extraordinary insights into his working life and practices.

It will feature 110 works including 40 oil paintings and 70 works on paper and will convey how Turner established himself as a master of the European landscape tradition.

“Turner from the Tate” will feature remarkable paintings of Turner’s career, such as the exquisite Venice, the Bridge of Sighs1840. Ambitious early works combine with mid-career paintings such as ‘The fall of an avalanche” in the Grisons 1810, which has drama and pathos. The exhibition culminates with powerful seascapes, including “A disaster at sea c.1835” depicting the notorious wreck of a convict ship bound for New South Wales, in which all the women and children aboard drowned.

Turner from the Tate: The Making of a Master is organised by Tate in association with Art Exhibitions Australia, the Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide (February 8 – May 19 2013), and the National Gallery of Australia, Canberra (June 1 – September 8 2013).

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