Joseph Mallord William TurnerShade and Darkness - the Evening of the Deluge exhibited 1843

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Shade and Darkness - the Evening of the Deluge
Date exhibited 1843
MediumOil paint on canvas
Dimensionssupport: 787 x 781 mm
Collection
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Acquisition Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
N00531
Not on display

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Pair to 'Light and Colour (Goethe's Theory), The Morning after the Deluge - Moses writing the Book of Genesis'. In these companion pictures, Turner opposes cool and warm colours, and their contrasting emotional associations, as described by Goethe in his 'Farbenlehre' (Theory of Colours). Turner has chosen the biblical Deluge as the vehicle for these ideas, returning to the Historical Sublime he had mastered in some of his earliest exhibition pictures… (read more)

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