Joseph Mallord William Turner, 'Shade and Darkness - the Evening of the Deluge' exhibited 1843
Joseph Mallord William Turner
Shade and Darkness - the Evening of the Deluge exhibited 1843
Oil on canvas
support: 787 x 781 mm
frame: 1035 x 1035 x 115 mm

Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856

Modernism and the Sublime: 'Wrong from the Start' – Part 1

Modernism and the Sublime: 'Wrong from the Start' – Part 2

The Dadaists, Futurists and Vorticists all rejected the sublime outright, but the relationship between modernist and sublime art is not a simple opposition. The Abstract Expressionists took a more favourable view, and Mark Rothko even claimed kinship with J.M.W. Turner. This symposium explores how artists have engaged with or rejected the Romantic notion of the sublime.