Tate Britain | Late Turner – Painting Set Free

Entre un shift et une réunion, je suis allée à la Tate Britain admirer les dernières œuvres de JMW Turner. Six salles très fournies en tableaux, aquarelles et carnets de croquis, un véritable coup de cœur et une exposition à ne manquer sous aucun prétexte.

As soon as I got a break (rare event these days) I went to Tate Britain to admire JMW Turner’s late works. Six rooms with a lot of paintings, watercolors and sketchbooks. I really loved it and you should not miss the opportunity to visit this exhibition.

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Selon les propos de Sam Smiles, David Blayney Brown et Amy Concannon, commissaires de cette belle exposition, le Turner des années 1835 était une figure moquée, controversée et incomprise. Même les plus fervents de ses supporters tels que John Ruskin se demandaient si la sénilité n’avait pas eu raison du peintre. Pourtant, le vieil homme produit à cette époque un nombre d’œuvres incroyable, comme une explosion de créativité qui se serait fait trop attendre. Face aux peintures, difficile de ne pas être ému  de cette renaissance, de cette libération des contraintes esthétiques. Aux yeux des spécialistes, le coup de pinceau est certainement diminué par l’âge, mais avec le recul des siècles écoulés, les rôles s’inversent, le fou devient le génie et les critiques ceux qui n’ont pas su voir son épanouissement, son engagement et sa capacité à transmettre ses idées au travers des œuvres. L’exposition met aussi en avant le voyageur qui n’a pas manqué de croquer tous les paysages qui l’ont fasciné. De magnifiques aquarelles avec des nuances de bleu qui sauront captiver votre regard.

According to Sam Smiles, David Blayney Brown and Amy Concannon who cmmissioned this beautiful exhibition, in 1835 Turner was mocked, under ratted and sometimes controversial.  Even his greatest supporters such as John Riskin thaught the man was to old to paint. But as a matter of fact, during those years, Turner has produced a crazy amount of works, like a long-awaited creativity explosion. It’s hard to contain emotion in front of these works where we can see a second birth, free of aesthetic restrictions. Specialists considered his talent was weakened by his age, but years after it’s quite the opposite. The fool becomes the genius and critics are those who could not see and feel the thrive and his engagement through painting. The exhibition also introduce Turner as a traveller who never missed the opportunity to fill his sketchbook with landscapes that fascinated him. This wonderful watercolors with beautiful shades of blue will certainly catch your eyes. 

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JMW Turner – Ancient Rome, Aggripina landing with ashes of Germanicus. Exp. 1839

Lake Lucerne: The Bay of Uri, from Brunnen circa 1841-2 by Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775-1851

JMW Truner – Lake Lucerne: The Bay of Uri, from Brunnen. 1841-2 © Tate

The Burning of the House of Lords and Commons, 16th October 1834 exhibited 1835 by Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775-1851

JMW Turner – The Burning of the House of Lords and Commons, 16th October 1834. Exp.1835 © Philadelphia Museum of Art

Riders on a Beach circa 1835 by Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775-1851

JMW Turner – Riders on beach. 1835 © Tate

Peace - Burial at Sea exhibited 1842 by Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775-1851

JMW Turner – Peace – Burial at Sea. Exp. 1842 © Tate

The Blue Rigi, Sunrise 1842 by Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775-1851

JMW Turner – The Blu Rigi, Sunrise. 1842 © Tate

The EY Exhibition: Late Turner – Painting Set Free

from 10 September 2014 to 25 Janvuary 2015

£13.10 – £16.50 free under 12.

Tate Britain

Millbank,  London SW1P 4RG

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