Joseph Mallord William Turner

The Blue Rigi: Sample Study


In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

View by appointment
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Watercolour on paper
Support: 230 × 326 mm
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Turner Bequest CCCLXIV 330

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Turner created a sequence of watercolours showing Mount Rigi seen from the same spot across Lake Lucerne. Each evokes the light effects of different times of day. The results were quite unlike the conventionally Picturesque’ charms of the landscape paintings that dominated the art market and exhibitions.

Even Ruskin seemed a little uncertain what to make of the series ;he wrote
‘I cannot tell why Turner was so fond of the Mount Rigi’. For many modern viewers such designs bring to mind the Impressionist painter Claude Monet's later painted series.

Gallery label, September 2004

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