1 June - 15 September 2013
National Gallery of Australia
THIS EXHIBITION IS NOW CLOSED.
The National Gallery of Australia's next major exhibition is Gold and the Incas: Lost Worlds of Peru
which opens on December 6 2013.
Turner from the Tate: the Making of a Master offered a fresh perspective on J.M. W. Turner (1775–1851), 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. Turner from the Tate reflects the diversity of this unique collection. It provides a comprehensive overview of Turner and his artistic development, while offering extraordinary insights into his working life and practices.
The exhibition consisted of 40 oils complemented by 70 works on paper, from large watercolours to intimate sketches. It included ambitious early works such as Buttermere Lake, with part of Cromackwater 1798 and spectacular The fall of an avalanche in the Grisons 1810.We also saw how Turner set himself up as the heir to the European landscape tradition, with the exhibition featuring remarkable paintings from Turner’s late career including the exquisite Venice, the Bridge of Sighs 1840. The exhibition culminated with powerful seascapes: A disaster at sea c.1835, for example, showing a notorious shipwreck of a convict ship bound for NSW in which many women drowned. The nearly monochrome Peace – Burial at sea 1842 and its striking companion, War. The exile and the rock limpet 1842, provide a dramatic final note.
The National Gallery presented Turner from the Tate: the Making of a Master as part of a major international exhibition during winter 2013 as a highlight of the Centenary of Canberra.
The exhibition is now closed but make sure you explore the many other things to see and do in the nation’s capital.
For more information about the National Gallery of Australia and what's on, please visit nga.gov.au
Proudly supported by