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Art by J. M. W. Turner


In 2009, during a trip to New York,  I saw a special exhibition of works by J. M. W. Turner at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, with over 140 paintings and watercolors by the artist.    During trips to London, I've had the opportunity to see many more works by Turner at the Tate Britain and the National Gallery.

Seen at the National Gallery, London


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The Fighting "Temeraire" tugged to her last berth to be broken up, 1838


In a poll conducted by the BBC in 2005, The Fighting Temeraire was overwhelmingly voted the greatest painting in a British art gallery.  It was also a favorite painting of Turner himself, who painted it in 1839.  It is one of many paintings bequeathed to the British nation by the artist.

As if often the case with oil paintings, online reproductions do not fully capture the range of colors or luminosity of the  original works.  In the case of this painting, it's interesting to look at a few other examples to get an idea of the limitations of such online reproductions:


 

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Seen at the Tate Britain

 

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Peace - Burial at Sea
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War, The Exile and the Rock Limpet
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Seen at the Metropolitan Museum of Art


Image courtesy The Metropolitan Museum of Art website

Venice, from the Porch of Madonna della Salute  (also known as The Grand Canal - Venice)


Again, it is instructive to look at the variation across online reproductions:

 

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The Grand Canal - Venice
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Links to more info on Turner:

New Yorker article

Tate Britain web pages

National Gallery web pages

Paintings from Metropolitan Special Exhibition

WebMuseum Turner page

Wikimedia Turner page

Wikipedia article on Turner


Wikipedia article on The Fighting Temeraire


List of links from Artcyclopedia





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