Joseph Mallord William Turner

Figures in a Storm

c.1835–45

View this artwork by appointment, at Tate Britain's Prints and Drawings Rooms

Medium
Watercolour on paper
Dimensions
Support: 354 x 507 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D36315
Turner Bequest CCCLXV 25

Display caption

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.

Gallery label, October 2013

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