Joseph Mallord William Turner

Dinant, Bouvignes and Crèvecoeur: Sunset


On loan

Mystic Seaport Museum (Mystic, USA): Turner Watercolours

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Gouache and watercolour on paper
Support: 136 × 188 mm
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Turner Bequest CCXX U

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The cliffs, citadel and church of Dinant make it one of the most picturesque towns on the Meuse. Just downstream lie Bouvignes and the castle of Crèvecoeur (seen in no.96) while slightly upstream the river bank is dominated by the Roche à Bayard (nos.99-100). No.97 was once owned by Ruskin who greatly admired its rock drawing. Some of Turner's scenes use a comparatively narrow range of colours (nos.98-9), but no.96 is one of the most dynamic of all his Meuse-Mosel studies as the sun sets behind Crèvecoeur flooding the limestone cliffs of Dinant with brilliant light.

Gallery label, August 2004

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