Late Turner : Painting Set Free
'Tate Britain’s glorious exhibition of Turner’s late work shows painting returned to its origins and refined to its essence’ - The Guardian
When Turner died in 1851, the general view of an artist's late work was one of decline. Indeed, Turner's own painting from 1845 onwards was described as indulgent, eccentric and 'repulsive', and even his devoted champion John Ruskin commented on its 'wholly inferior value'. However, from the early 1900s there was a major reassessment of Turner's later paintings and sketches.
Commentators hailed his study of light as a visionary precursor to the ideas of the Impressionists. This continued into the twentieth century, with curatorial choices in some museums presenting Turner's late and unfinished work as distinctly modern. Through a number of key themes and studies into his subject matter, technique and personal activities, this new exhibition catalogue accompanying a show at Tate challenges the historical conceptions of Turner's late style.
Fully illustrated in colour, and with contributions by some of the foremost Turner scholars, this book breaks new ground in the continuing study of the life and legacy of one of art's greatest masters.
- Author: David Brown
- Paperback: 224 pages
- Date published: September 2014
- Language: English
- ISBN: 978-1849762502
- Product Dimensions: 29.7 x 23.5 cm