Joseph Mallord William Turner Dinant, on the Meuse, from the South c.1839

Artwork details

Dinant, on the Meuse, from the South
Date c.1839
Medium Gouache and watercolour on paper
Dimensions Support: 139 x 192 mm
Acquisition Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Turner Bequest CCLIX 159
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Turner is unlikely to have coloured these views of Dinant on the spot. Yet, as other examples in this display also demonstrate, he often made a number of colour studies of a site from much the same viewpoint, transforming the basic scene by varying the type of light falling over it. On this occasion his studies seem to have been undertaken to explore the way sunset light transforms how the eye perceives the colours of shadows. The use of the deep mauve unifies the silhouetted form of the rock and fortress above Dinant. A fuller investigation of this phenomenon was undertaken by the Impressionists somewhat later in the century.

August 2004

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