Joseph Mallord William Turner

Sunset over the Sea, Probably at Folkestone

1845

Not on display

Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Watercolour on paper
Dimensions
Support: 230 × 328 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D35378
Turner Bequest CCCLVI 17

Catalogue entry

This is a watercolour study of the sun setting on the sea’s horizon. Dilute wash applied in continuous broad strokes form the first layer of the drawing upon and within which the representation of the sunset is centralised, rendered with more intense pigment. The merging of fluid colour and modulation of tone found in this drawing speak of the evocative, atmospheric possibilities of the medium.

Alice Rylance-Watson
February 2013

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