Joseph Mallord William Turner
Evening c.1840-5

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Date c.1840-5
Medium Watercolour on paper
Dimensions Support: 220 x 271 mm
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Turner Bequest CCCLXIV 155
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These watercolours share a common palette of grey, black, blue and olive-green backgrounds interspersed with fluid bands of pink, yellow or blue. Turner may have painted the sheets one after the other, using the same few colours ready mixed on his palette.

Working in this way freed Turner from the conventions of watercolour painting and enabled him to experiment with new methods. In On the Sea Shore he seems to have created dots of colour by flicking a brush loaded with paint against the paper.

April 2005

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