Joseph Mallord William Turner
Figures in a Storm c.1835-45

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Figures in a Storm
Date c.1835-45
Medium Watercolour on paper
Dimensions Support: 354 x 507 mm
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Turner Bequest CCCLXV 25
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Minimalist in its mark-making and colour scheme, this study reveals Turner as a master of watercolour. He has worked his pigment hastily onto a wet wash, allowing colours to bleed and radiate outwards to capture the atmospheric effects of a coastal downpour with watery shadows and reflections.

This watercolour belongs to a period when Turner was experimenting like never before with the watercolour medium in the privacy of his studio: he would not have intended works like this to be put on public display.

October 2013

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