Joseph Mallord William Turner

Trees Reflected in Water

c.1825

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Watercolour on paper
Dimensions
Support: 114 x 188 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D18613
Turner Bequest CCXII 11

Catalogue entry

This is one of a sequence of twenty-five recto pages of watercolour landscape, sea and sky compositions between folio 9 recto (D18609) and folio 34 recto (D18638), many of which evoke quiet Thames Valley scenes with water in the foreground; for a checklist and general comments, see the sketchbook’s Introduction.
Here, against a background of featureless pale blue and gold washes suggesting the dawn, with no division between the sky and its reflection, Turner has included both a conventional stand of trees or bushes with thick foliage and the ghostly silhouette of a bare counterpart drawn with strokes of deft economy, superficially comparable to Chinese or Japanese brush painting.1 He has also lifted out colour in the sky with the wet tip of a brush to suggest the edges of high clouds catching the early light.
1
See also David Hill, Turner on the Thames: River Journeys in the Year 1805, New Haven and London 1993, p.176 note 84
Verso:
Blank

Matthew Imms
December 2014

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