Joseph Mallord William Turner

The Géronstère Mineral Spring at Spa

c.1839

In Tate Britain

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Gouache, pen and ink and watercolour on paper
Dimensions
Support: 142 x 190 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D24745
Turner Bequest CCLIX 180

Catalogue entry

This gouache and the sketch from which it derives (Tate D28079; Turner Bequest CCLXXXVII 19 a) depict the buildings at the Géronstère mineral spring located in verdant wooded hills approximately two miles south of Spa, Belgium. The cottage and roofed aedicule marking the spring itself are seen here nestled within a shady plot. Tall trees rendered in loose scalloped line sway languorously in a light breeze and visitors can be seen taking leisurely strolls in the grounds.

The palette is comprised of blue-grey, white and yellow and is similar in terms of hue and application to other of Turner’s gouaches of Spa (see, for example, Tate D24780; Turner Bequest CCLIX 215). The pigment is applied roughly, in broad gestural streaks and sections, over which Turner has drawn the scene in pen and black ink line.
Verso:
Inscribed in pencil ‘CCLIX 180’ at bottom right.

Alice Rylance-Watson
June 2013

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