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J.M.W Turner: Painting Set Free

Exhibition Dates

October 31, 2015 – January 31, 2016

Talks & Events

Screening: Mr. Turner
December 2, 7 pm
Jackman Hall

A Turner Holiday
Friday, December 4, 11 & 18
7:30 – 8:30 pm

Light and Colour (Goethe’s Theory) – The Morning after the Deluge – Moses Writing the Book of Genesis, Exhibited 1843, Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851, Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856. Photography © Tate, London 2015

Ancient Rome; Agrippina Landing with the Ashes of Germanicus, Exhibited 1839, Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851, Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856. Photography © Tate, London 2015

War. The Exile and the Rock Limpet, Exhibited 1842, Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851, Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856. Photography © Tate, London 2015

Peace – Burial at Sea, Exhibited 1842, Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851, Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856. Photography © Tate, London 2015

Venice: An Imaginary View of the Arsenale, c. 1840, Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851, Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856. Photography © Tate, London 2015

Fire at the Grand Storehouse of the Tower of London, 1841, Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851, Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856. Photography © Tate, London 2015

Fire at the Grand Storehouse of the Tower of London, 1841, Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851, Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856. Photography © Tate, London 2015

Snow Storm – Steam-Boat off a Harbour’s Mouth, Exhibited 1842, Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851, Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856. Photography © Tate, London 2015

The Angel Standing in the Sun, Exhibited 1846, Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851, Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856. Photography © Tate, London 2015

The Blue Rigi, Sunrise, 1842, Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851, Purchased with assistance from the National Heritage Memorial Fund, the Art Fund (with a contribution from the Wolfson Foundation and including generous support from David and Susan Gradel, and from other members of the public through the Save the Blue Rigi appeal), Tate Members and other donors 2007. Photography © Tate, London 2015

The Departure of the Fleet, Exhibited 1850, Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851, Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856. Photography © Tate, London 2015

The Dogano, San Giorgio, Citella, from the Steps of the Europa, Exhibited 1842, Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851, Presented by Robert Vernon 1847. Photography © Tate, London 2015

The Sun of Venice Going to Sea, Exhibited 1843, Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851, Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856. Photography © Tate, London 2015

Regulus, 1828, reworked 1837. Oil paint on canvas, 89.5 x 123.8 cm
Tate. Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856. Courtesy of Tate Photography

Luminosity, colour, energy . . . genius.

- The Globe and Mail

One of the most radical and influential artists of the 19th century, Joseph Mallord William Turner (1775–1851), was a giant of British art who produced many of his most important and famous pictures after the age of sixty, in the last fifteen years of his life.

Featuring more than 50 paintings and works on paper on loan from Tate Britain, J.M.W. Turner: Painting Set Free is the first major exhibition to focus on the final and most experimental phase of the artist’s career. Beginning in 1835 and closing with his last exhibitions at the Royal Academy in 1850, the exhibition explores how Turner’s later years were a time of exceptional energy and vigour.

Premiered at Tate Britain in September 2014 and heralded by critics across the U.K. as “an exciting, entrancing show” (The Guardian) and “sensational” (London Evening Standard), J.M.W. Turner: Painting Set Free reveals a painter whose breadth of knowledge and romantic imagination was matched only by his innovative spirit.

Turner’s late works, with their emphasis on atmosphere, are famous for their rich colour, textures and evocative use of light. Challenging the myths, assumptions and interpretations that have grown around Turner’s later work, this exhibition sets out to show how his final years were a time of exceptional drive and vigour, during which he continued travelling, confronting and painting the dramatic landscapes of Europe. The installation at the AGO will be coordinated by Lloyd DeWitt, AGO Curator of European Art.

Organized thematically, the exhibition takes a focused look at his travels across Europe, his fascination with classical history, mythology and religion, his love of the sea and his pre-occupations with capturing light and atmosphere.

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Organised by Tate Britain in association with the Art Gallery of Ontario, the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco and the J. Paul Getty Museum

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  • Hans and Susan Brenninkmeyer

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Supported by the Government of Canada / Avec l'appui du gouvernement du Canada

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