Joseph Mallord William Turner Sunset From the Top of the Rigi c.1844

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Title
Sunset From the Top of the Rigi
Date c.1844
Medium Oil paint on canvas
Dimensions Support: 711 x 965 mm
frame: 836 x 1096 x 57 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
N05486
On display at Tate Britain
Exhibition: Late Turner

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A couple of years after his visit to Switzerland, Turner appears to have begun work on two canvasses of the same size. This painting and its companion, Lake Lucerne, are smaller than most pictures destined for exhibition, but larger than the majority of Turner’s Venetian scenes.

It shows Turner laying down areas of bright colour in a particularly confident manner, which reflects the advances he was making in his watercolour painting.

February 2010

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