Joseph Mallord William TurnerKirkstall Abbey, Moonrise: Colour Study c.1800-5

Share this artwork

Artwork details

Artist
Title
Kirkstall Abbey, Moonrise: Colour Study
Date c.1800-5
MediumGraphite and watercolour on paper
Dimensionssupport: 215 x 295 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D08263
Turner Bequest CXXI H
On display at Tate Britain
Exhibition: Ruin Lust

Display caption

Both these studies can be traced back to pencil memoranda in the 1797 sketchbooks. In the case of the view of Bolton Abbey, Turner's drawing on the spot was little more than a hasty outline, which allowed him greater freedom in his imaginative realisation of the subject in watercolour. He seems to be experimenting in both works with the depiction of forms under subdued lighting conditions where the eye does not expect so much detail… (read more)

September 2004

About this artwork

Find similar artworks