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Art Gallery of South Australia opens Turner from the Tate

Submitted by on February 11, 2013 – 3:39 pm

Art Gallery of South Australia presents Turner from the Tate, an exhibition on view 8 February – 19 May 2013.


J.M.W. Turner, Britain, 1775–1851, Scarborough town and castle: morning:boys catching crabs, c.1810, London, watercolour on paper, 68.5 x 101.5 cm;Gift from the collection of the late Mrs S.M. Crabtree by her children Rosalind,Robert, Richard and John assisted by the Roy and Marjory Edwards Bequest Fund and the Art Gallery of South Australia Foundation to commemorate the Gallery’s 125th anniversary 2006.

Turner from the Tate offers a once in a life time opportunity to experience the iconic paintings of J.M.W. Turner (1775 – 1851), one of Britain’s greatest artists.
Surveying Turner’s life work the exhibition is a journey through his ambitions, critical triumphs and controversies, revealing why he is one of the most renowned landscape painters of all time.

Drawn from the finest and most comprehensive collection of his work, the Turner Bequest, held at Tate Britain in London, the exhibition features over 100 works of art including oil paintings and watercolours, some of which have never been previously exhibited.

There is arguably no greater insight into the working techniques of a great artist than the unique collection that is the Turner Bequest, the contents of the studio of J.M.W. Turner, bequeathed to the nation after his death in 1851.

The exhibition provides an intimate overview of Turner’s career as an artist, drawing on the uniquely rich and personal range of material in the bequest. It includes ‘finished’ paintings that Turner exhibited in his lifetime, many of which proved controversial with their first audiences, as well as the revelatory canvases that only came to light after his death, such as Stormy Sea with Dolphins (c.1835–40), or the haunting painting called A Disaster at Sea (c.1835), which records the shipwreck of a convict boat bound for Australia. www.artgallery.sa.gov.au

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