Joseph Mallord William Turner

The Sun Reflected on the Sea ?near Boulogne

1845

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Medium
Watercolour on paper
Dimensions
Support: 238 x 334 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D35392
Turner Bequest CCCLVII 7

Catalogue entry

The spectacular effect of a low sun over the sea is captured here in rapid washes, predominantly yellow, green, and blue. Turner has ‘lifted off’ a small area of blue and green glaze to represent the reflection of the sun on the sea although the sun itself does not feature in the sky. It is unclear whether the green foreground represents a churning sea or a grassy cliff top. Similar effects are pursued in the following three works as originally constituted in the sketchbook (D35393–D35395; Turner Bequest CCCLVII 8–10).
Verso:
Blank.

John Chu
December 2013

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