Turner created a sequence of showing Mount Rigi seen from the same spot across Lake Lucerne. Each evokes the light effects of different times of day. The results were quite unlike the conventionally ‘’ charms of the that dominated the art market and exhibitions.
Even Ruskin seemed a little uncertain
what to make of the series ;he wrote
‘I cannot tell why Turner was so fond
of the Mount Rigi’. For many modern viewers such designs bring to mind
the painter Claude Monet's later painted series.
Gallery label, September 2004