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J. M. W. Turner
dal 30/6/2008 al 20/9/2008

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J. M. W. Turner

Metropolitan Museum of Art - MET, New York

A retrospective

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The first retrospective of the work of J. M. W. Turner (1775–1851) presented in the United States in more than forty years, this international exhibition highlights approximately 140 paintings and watercolors—more than half of them from Tate Britain's Turner Bequest—along with works from other collections in Europe and North America. The artist’s extensive iconographic range is represented, from seascapes and topographical views to historical subjects and scenes from his imagination.
Accompanied by a catalogue.

In a career that spanned more than six decades, Joseph Mallord William Turner essayed a wide range of subjects, from landscapes—a genre that he dominated for the first half of the nineteenth century in Britain—to historical and modern scenes and subjects of his own invention. A fascination with light and color characterizes his work in all media. In addition, his technical innovations, notably in watercolor, had a profound impact on subsequent artistic developments across the Channel in France, as well as in the United States.

This exhibition features many of the remarkable canvases that Turner exhibited at the Royal Academy in London—works that established his reputation—from his first exhibited oil, Fishermen at Sea (1796, Tate), to the luminous The Burning of the House of Lords and Commons (1835, Philadelphia Museum of Art). The iconic Snow Storm: Hannibal and his Army Crossing the Alps (1812, Tate) is on view in the United States for the first time during this exhibition tour. Also included are the artist's "color beginnings," or watercolor studies for subsequently developed images, along with his finished watercolors. The exhibition is organized both thematically and chronologically, beginning with his earliest Sublime and historical landscapes and culminating with his late seascapes and light-filled canvases.

Exhibition Organizers and Catalogue
This exhibition is organized by Gary Tinterow, Engelhard Curator in Charge, and Kathryn Calley Galitz, Assistant Curator, both of the Department of Nineteenth-Century, Modern, and Contemporary Art. It is accompanied by a fully illustrated catalogue edited by the Turner scholar Ian Warrell and published by the Tate.

Related Programs
A variety of education programs is scheduled in conjunction with this exhibition, including a weeklong Teacher Insitute Program, as well as lectures and gallery talks. Search the calendar for related events.

Bank of America is proud to be the national sponsor.
Additional support is generously provided by Access Industries.
The exhibition is also made possible in part by the Gail and Parker Gilbert Fund and The Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation.

Image: Joseph Mallord William Turner (English, 1775–1851)
Keelman Heaving in Coals by Moonlight, 1835 Oil on canvas; 36 3/8 x 48 3/8 in. (92.3 x 128.8 cm) National Gallery of Art, Washington, Widener Collection, 1942

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