A detail from the painting Going to the Ball (San Martino), by Joseph Mallor William Turner

Turner brightens the rooms of the Museu Nacional

They will exhibit about a hundred works by the British artist showing his fascination with atmospheric and meteorological phenomena.

Joseph Mallord William Turner (1775-1851) is considered the best landscape painter of the Romantic period, thanks to his mastery of light. He worked as a painter, watercolourist and printmaker and was fascinated with the atmospheric and meteorological phenomena, as you will be able to see at the exhibition available at the Museu Nacional d'Art de Catalunya. It is called Turner. Light is colour, and its curator is David Blayney Brown, former Chief Curator of Historic British Art at the Tate and independent curator. It brings together about a hundred works that focus on the development of the English painter's compositions: from the first sketches to the final watercolours, oils and prints.

The protagonists are his watercolours: the exhibition shows how this technique was fundamental to Turner's scientific and intuitive approach to his works. Visitors will also discover that the artist drew inspiration from his travels both in Britain and the European continent, and not only looked at meteorological phenomena but also took themes from classical mythology and the history of art, without forgetting the latest inventions of humankind. In the words of the organisers, the exhibition "confronts the viewer with a sensory experience of nature that affects us today as much as it did his contemporaries". It is structured in an introduction and seven areas, entitled Memory, Imagination and SynthesisSetting the SceneFacing natureLight and AtmosphereLuminous SublimeDarkness Visible, and The Sun is God.

Check this link for more information and tickets.

Publication date: Wednesday, 15 June 2022
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