Late Turner: Painting Set Free


This exhibition showcases works produced in the last 16 years of JMW Turner's life. It includes oil paintings, watercolours and a handful of sketchbooks and other artefacts found in his studio after his death.

The really amazing thing about the oil paintings is the quality of light that they have. It looks as if the canvas is actually emitting light. When he paints a sun you almost want to look away to avoid damaging your eyes, that's how convincing it is.

The other interesting thing about these paintings is his deliberate use of anachronism. Dropping biblical figures into a Swiss landscape, for example. I don't know why he does this, but he does it quite often.

Late Turner: Painting Set Free is at the Tate Britain until the 25th of January, 2015

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