Joseph Mallord William Turner

Klotten and Burg Coraidelstein from the West

c.1839

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

Medium
Gouache and watercolour on paper
Dimensions
Support: 140 x 189 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D20237
Turner Bequest CCXXI D

Display caption

Nos.69 and 70 show two very different faces of the same town. In no.69 Klotten appears the epitome of serenity, its castle apparently situated upon a gentle slope. The most finished area is the hillside, where brilliant sunlight is powerfully represented by pure colour. In no.70, however, the castle appears precariously perched on the brink of an abyss and the ensemble takes on a far more dynamic character which is underlined by Turner's expressive handling and clashing colours.

Gallery label, August 1991

Catalogue entry