Colour and Line, room guide, watercolour techniques

Watercolour demands a different approach from painting in oil. The artist works from light to dark and has to deal with the unpredictability of wet washes. Turner’s innovative methods and unchallenged mastery of technique raised the status of watercolour, and provide a benchmark which is still admired today.

Joseph Mallord William Turner, ‘The Source of the Arveyron below the Glacier du Bois and Mer de Glace’ 1802
Joseph Mallord William Turner
The Source of the Arveyron below the Glacier du Bois and Mer de Glace 1802
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Joseph Mallord William Turner, ‘A Figure and Dog on the Shore, Perhaps with Margate in the Distance’ c.1829–45
Joseph Mallord William Turner
A Figure and Dog on the Shore, Perhaps with Margate in the Distance c.1829–45
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