Joseph Mallord William Turner Fribourg: The Convent de la Maigrauge, in the Valley of the River Sarine, from the South 1841

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Title
Fribourg: The Convent de la Maigrauge, in the Valley of the River Sarine, from the South
From Fribourg Sketchbook
Turner Bequest CCCXXXV
Date 1841
Medium Graphite, watercolour and pen on paper
Dimensions Support: 235 x 335 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D33565
Turner Bequest CCCXXXV 25
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One of the sketchbooks used on Turner's 1841 journey to Switzerland contains about twenty studies of Fribourg, mostly recorded in pencil, with the details heightened in red colour. This previously unidentified view is taken from the bottom of the valley of the River Sarine, which runs through and below the main part of Fribourg. Ruskin explained that the sketch was a valuable lesson in composition: 'If you hide the block timbers above the river with your hand, the fortress immediately becomes thin and flimsy; but when the lines of the timber are put in, as you can seen through them everywhere, the fortress walls become instantly firm and solid by the contrast.'

September 2004

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