Devoted to the work created between 1835 and his death in 1851 and bringing together works from the UK and abroad, the exhibition celebrates Turner's astonishing creative flowering in these later years when he produced many of his finest pictures but was also controversial and unjustly misunderstood.
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The EY Exhibition: Late Turner – Painting Set Free is the first exhibition devoted to the extraordinary work J.M.W. Turner created between 1835 and his death in 1851. Bringing together spectacular works from the UK and abroad, this exhibition celebrates Turner’s astonishing creative flowering in these later years when he produced many of his finest pictures but was also controversial and unjustly misunderstood.
Highlights of the exhibition include such important pictures as Ancient Rome; Agrippina Landing with the Ashes of Germanicus and Modern Rome – Campo Vaccino, rarely reunited since first exhibited together in 1839; The Wreck Buoy 1849; and magnificent watercolours like Heidelberg: Sunset c.1840 and the seldom-seen Bamburgh Castle, Northumberland c.1837.
The show also brings together major series of works including a group of unusual square pictures, casting a light on Turner’s innovative techniques. Newly identified watercolours of a fire at the Tower of London in 1841 are shown with the spectacular painting Burning of the Houses of Lords and Commons 1835 and the exhibition concludes with Turner’s last exhibited pictures from 1850, depicting the classical lovers Dido and Aeneas. It is a panoramic survey of a bountiful and significant period of exceptional energy and vigour, maintained despite failing health.
By taking a fresh look at Turner’s late works, the exhibition sheds new light on his life and art. Challenging the myths, assumptions and interpretations that have grown around his later work, it reveals a painter as distinguished by the broad scope of his knowledge and imagination as he was by his radical and exploratory techniques, processes and use of materials. As much as he brought renewed energy to the exploration of the social, technological and scientific developments of modern life, in such icons of the machine age as Rain, Steam, and Speed – The Great Western Railway 1844, he remained as deeply engaged with the religious, historical or mythological themes that linked him to the cultural traditions of his era.
John Ruskin’s description of Turner as ‘the greatest of the age’ is brought to life amongst the many large-scale oil paintings, drawings, prints and watercolours on display at The EY Exhibition: Late Turner – Painting Set Free, an unmissable exhibition that will redefine ideas of one of Britain’s greatest and best-loved painters.
Curated by Sam Smiles, Professor of Art History and Visual Culture, Exeter University, with David Blayney Brown, Manton Curator of British Art 1790–1850, Tate Britain and Amy Concannon, Assistant Curator 1790–1850, Tate Britain.
Members' hours: The EY Exhibition: Late Turner – Painting Set Free
Saturday 13 September 2014, 9.00 – 10.00
Sunday 14 September 2014, 9.00 – 10.00
Saturday 20 September 2014, 9.00 – 10.00
Sunday 21 September 2014, 9.00 – 10.00
Members' evening private view: The EY Exhibition: Late Turner – Painting Set Free
Monday 6 October 2014, 18.45 – 21.30
Talks and lectures
Audio Description: The EY Exhibition – Late Turner
Monday 15 September 2014, 11.00 – 12.30
Out of Hours access: The EY Exhibition: Late Turner – Painting Set Free
Friday 26 September 2014, 18.30 – 20.30
On Late Creativity
Tuesday 21 October 2014, 18.30 – 20.00
Curator’s tour: The EY Exhibition: Late Turner
Friday 24 October 2014, 18.30 – 20.30
Curator’s tour: The EY Exhibition: Late Turner – Painting Set Free
Wednesday 12 November 2014, 18.30 – 20.30
British Sign Language tour: The EY Exhibition: Late Turner – Painting Set Free
Friday 21 November 2014, 19.00 – 20.00
Conservation event: The EY Exhibition: Late Turner – Painting Set Free
Thursday 11 December 2014, 13.00 – 14.00
Courses and workshops
Impressions in Print: The EY Exhibition: Late Turner
Fridays 10 October–14 November 2014, 18.45–20.45
Mr. Turner screening and Mike Leigh Q&A
Thursday 23 October 2014, 18.30 – 22.00
Image: Joseph Mallord William Turner
Goldau, with the Lake of Zug in the Distance: Sample Study circa 1842-3
Pencil, watercolour and pen on paper
support: 228 x 290 mm
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
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