Colour and Line: Turner's Experiments
Tate Britain: Display
2 May 20079 April 2013
  • Joseph Mallord William Turner, 'Zwingenberg on the Neckar' 1844
    Joseph Mallord William Turner
    Zwingenberg on the Neckar 1844
    Pencil, watercolour and pen on paper
    support: 229 x 328 mm
    Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856

Discover how Joseph Mallord William Turner (1775–1851) revolutionised two different kinds of image-making: watercolour and print.

View of the exhibition entrance for Colour and Line Turner's Experiments
View of this exhibition at Tate Britain

Colour and Line: Turner’s Experiments is a two-room display featuring works on paper by Turner, with a variety of experiments and interactive displays exploring his working methods and techniques.

Learn more about printmaking and see the extraordinary care Turner took to produce the finest prints of his time. You can also experience the scientific experiments with colour which formed a vital background to his work.

a visitor at the Colour and Line Turner's experiments exhibition
View of this exhibition at Tate Britain

See the changes in Turner’s watercolour palette as he travelled across Europe, responding to different light effects, and using newly-developed colours and paints. Find out how Turner worked, as well as trying some of his drawing techniques for yourself .

The works on display change every six months.